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Publication date: 1 April 2005

Kang Eu Ong, Kor Oon Lee, K.N. Seetharamu, I.A. Azid, G.A. Quadir, Z.A. Zainal and Teck Joo Goh

To find the optimal geometries of rectangular and cylindrical fins for maximum heat dissipation.

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Abstract

Purpose

To find the optimal geometries of rectangular and cylindrical fins for maximum heat dissipation.

Design/methodology/approach

The objective function for finding the optimized profiles of fins are solved by using the genetic algorithms (GAs). A range of fin shapes are investigated and the optimum solutions for various profile area are obtained.

Findings

Provide information to thermal engineers to what extent any particular extended surface or fin arrangements could improve heat dissipation from a surface to the surrounding fluid. Smaller fin volume in fin design is preferable as the heat is dissipated more effectively.

Originality/value

A new method of using GA for optimization of fins is used here. The value of this paper lies in providing data for selecting suitable fins for thermal management in electronic systems.

Research limitations/implications

Limited to cases where the correlations for heat transfer coefficients are valid.

Practical implications

A very useful finding for practising thermal engineer especially in the area of electronic packaging as the parameters for the fin design can easily be found for any chosen profile area.

Details

Microelectronics International, vol. 22 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1356-5362

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