Experimental study of optimum spacing problem in the cooling of simulated electronic package

S. Chen, Y. Liu, S. F. Chan, C. W. Leung, T. L. Chan

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An experimental investigation has been performed to determine the effects of different arrangements of obstacles on the cooling of simulated electronic package. The considered simulated electronic package consisted of a channel formed by two parallel plates. The bottom plate is attached with five identical electrically heated square obstacles, which are perpendicular to the mean airflow and arranged with different side-to-side distances. The experimental results show that the conventional equi-spaced arrangement might not be the optimum option and should be avoided. A better thermal performance could be obtained when the side-to-side distances between the obstacles followed a geometric series. For example, at Re = 800, the highest temperature of the optimum arrangement could be reduced by 12% compare to the equi-spaced arrangement and the maximum temperature difference among the five obstacles is lower than that of equi-spaced arrangement by 32.1%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-257
Number of pages7
JournalHeat and Mass Transfer/Waerme- und Stoffuebertragung
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2001


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