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Forced convection computational analysis in PDMS micro pin fin heat sink

Grant number: 23/03492-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2023
Effective date (End): August 31, 2024
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Mechanical Engineering - Transport Phenomena
Principal Investigator:Elaine Maria Cardoso
Grantee:Raíssa Guimarães Mendonça Corrêa
Host Institution: Faculdade de Engenharia. Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus Experimental São João da Boa Vista. São João da Boa Vista , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):23/14537-8 - Analysis of segmented heat exchanger based on PDMS nanocomposite with enhanced thermal properties for heat dissipation, BE.EP.IC


This research project proposes analytical and computational studies of single-phase flow in compact heat sinks based on segmented microchannels to minimize instabilities in the thermal system and maximize the heat transfer coefficient. Segmented heat sinks associated with high-performance coolants can be applied to the avionics of military or commercial aircraft, as well as in the aerospace area, given their ability to dissipate high heat rates in reduced volumes, minimizing material used in their manufacture and inventory of refrigerant in the system. This work will analyze segmented heatsinks based on poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) with different geometries. In parallel to the present computational study, experimental tests will be carried out (FAPESP BPE Proc. 2022/03677-0) to experimentally investigate the pressure drop characteristics and the heat transfer coefficient. For the present analysis, deionized water will be considered as the working fluid. The numerical analysis will be performed using CFD solvers available in commercial or open-source software, considering as input data the same conditions used for experimental tests. In order to ensure the reliability of the results, a comparison of the numerically obtained data for pressure drop and heat transfer coefficient will be performed with the experimental results obtained by the research group. A second step will be the variation of geometric parameters of the heat sink, aiming for a system with better thermal and hydrodynamic performance for later experimental implementation.

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