Research Papers: Electronic Cooling

Optimal Heat Distribution Among Discrete Protruding Heat Sources in a Vertical Duct: A Combined Numerical and Experimental Study

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T. V. V. Sudhakar, Arun Shori, S. P. Venkateshan

Heat Transfer and Thermal Power Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600 036, India

C. Balaji1

Heat Transfer and Thermal Power Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600 036, Indiabalaji@iitm.ac.in


Corresponding author.

J. Heat Transfer 132(1), 011401 (Oct 29, 2009) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3194762 History: Received October 23, 2008; Revised May 28, 2009; Published October 29, 2009

This paper reports the results of experimental and numerical investigations of optimal heat distribution among the protruding heat sources under laminar conjugate mixed convection heat transfer in a vertical duct. A printed circuit board with 15 heat sources forms a wall of a duct. Three-dimensional governing equations of flow and heat transfer were solved in the flow domain along with the energy equation in the solid domain using FLUENT 6.3 . A database of temperatures of each of the heat sources for different heat distributions is generated numerically. Artificial neural networks (ANNs) were used as a forward model to replace the time consuming complex computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations. The functional relationship between heat input distribution and the corresponding temperatures of the heat sources obtained by training the network is used to drive a genetic algorithm based optimization procedure to determine the optimal heat distribution. The optimal distribution here refers to the apportioning of a fixed quantity of heat among 15 heat sources, keeping the maximum of the temperatures of the heat sources to a minimum. Furthermore, the heat distribution corresponding to a set of specified target temperatures of the heat sources is obtained using a network that is trained and tested with a database of temperatures of the heat sources generated using FLUENT 6.3 in the range of total heat dissipation of 5–25 W. Using this network, it was possible to maximize the total heat dissipation from the heat sources for a given target temperature directly. In order to validate the optimization method, a low speed vertical wind tunnel has been used to carry out the mixed convection experiments for different combinations of heat distribution and also for the optimal heat distribution, and the temperatures of the heat sources were measured. The results of the numerical simulations, ANN, and the corresponding experimental results are in good agreement.

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Schematic of the neural network architecture employed for this study

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Figure 5

Parity plot showing the agreement between measured and predicted heat source temperatures

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Variation in row averaged temperatures with Reynolds number for different modified Grashof numbers: (a) 2×106, (b) 4×106, and (c) 6×106

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Effect of duct spacing on the row averaged temperatures of the heat sources with and without radiation

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Figure 1

(a) Physical arrangement of the heat sources on a PCB considered in the present study. (b) Representation of position of heat sources on the substrate used for optimum heat distribution studies.

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Schematic of a low speed vertical wind tunnel along with the instrumentation used in the present study

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Figure 3

Schematic of the test section used in the present investigation with heat source and other details




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