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Heat transfer characteristics of plate fin heat sink with longitudinal vortex generators

Mani Sekaran Santhanakrishnan (Centre for Numerical Modelling and Process Analysis, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Greenwich, London, UK)
Timothy Tilford (Centre for Numerical Modelling and Process Analysis, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Greenwich, London, UK)
Christopher Bailey (Centre for Numerical Modelling and Process Analysis, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Greenwich, London, UK)

International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow

ISSN: 0961-5539

Article publication date: 22 November 2022

Issue publication date: 20 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to provide an insight into the relationship between design parameters and thermal performance of plate fin heat sinks (PFHSs) incorporating longitudinal vortex generators (VGs) inside a PFHS channel.

Design/methodology/approach

A computational fluid dynamics model of a delta winglet pair VG mounted inside a PFHS geometry is detailed, and the model is validated by comparison with experimental data. The validated model is used to perform a virtual design of experiments study of the heat sink with bottom plate and vertical plate mounted VGs. Data from this study is used to regress a response surface enabling the influence of each of the assessed design variables on thermal performance and flow resistance to be determined.

Findings

The results of this study show that the thermal hydraulic performances of a PFHS with bottom plate mounted VG and vertical plate fin mounted VG are, respectively, 1.12 and 1.17 times higher than the baseline PFHS. Further, the performance variation of the heat sink with VG, relative to delta winglet’s arrangement (common flow up and common flow down), trailing edge gap length and Reynolds number were also evaluated and reported.

Originality/value

For the first time, performance characteristics of delta winglet VGs mounted inside the PFHS are evaluated against different design variables and a polynomial regression model is developed. The developed regression model and computed results can be used to design high performance PFHSs mounted with delta winglet VGs.

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Citation

Santhanakrishnan, M.S., Tilford, T. and Bailey, C. (2023), "Heat transfer characteristics of plate fin heat sink with longitudinal vortex generators", International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow, Vol. 33 No. 3, pp. 1203-1228. https://doi.org/10.1108/HFF-06-2022-0386

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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