Hitoshi Mizunuma, Masud Behnia, and Wataru Nakayama, Senior Member,IEEE
Experiments were conducted in order to investigate the forced convective heat transfer from a micro-finned surface to a fluorocarbon liquid FX3250.The heat transfer surface is made from copper, has a base area 2 x 2 cm2, and is equipped with 20 longitudinal fins, each fin being 0.5mm high and 0.5mm wide.Particular attention was directed to the effect of the channel height (H) on the heat transfer performance, changing H from 1 to 3 mm.The Reynolds number based on the hydraulic diameter covered a range from 1000 to 12000.Also conducted was an experiment using a flat heat transfer surface.It was found that the sensitivity of heat transfer performance to the change of H depends on the type of heat transfer surface.Comparisons are presented in terms of the heat transfer coefficient based on the actual heat transfer area.
In order to interpret the experimental data the numerical simulation
of flow and heat transfer was performed.The results render support to the
heuristic assumption that the increased flow velocity in the free flow
area above the fins in higher-height channels yield high heat transfer
coefficients on the fin tips, offsetting the degradation of heat transfer
in the grooves.
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