A Comparison of Computational and Experimental Results for Flow and Heat Transfer From an Array of Heated Blocks

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A. M. Anderson

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Union College, Schenectady, NY 12308

J. Electron. Packag 119(1), 32-39 (Mar 01, 1997) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2792198 History: Received August 03, 1995; Revised April 17, 1996; Online November 06, 2007


This paper summarizes computational results for flow and heat transfer over an array ofidealized electronic components and compares them to experimental data. The numerical modeling was performed using a commercial finite control volume computer code (Flotherm1 , by Flomerics) and the results are compared to a set of experimental data. The experimental model consists of a uniform array of eight rows by six columns of solid aluminum blocks (9.5 mm high × 46.5 mm wide × 37.5 mm long) mounted on an adiabatic wall of a channel in forced convection flow. Four channel heights (H/B = 1.5–4.6) and a range of inlet velocities (3.0 to 8.1 m/s) were modelled. The flow was modeled as turbulent flow using the κ-ε turbulence model. Data for the adiabatic heat transfer coefficient had , the superposition kernel function g*, and the channel pressure drop ΔP are compared. The computational results for had are in excellent agreement with the experimental data (within about five percent on average). The computationalresults for g* predict the correct trends (roll off with downstream distance, channel height dependence, and velocity independence). However, values are as much as 50 percent higher than the experimental results which means the computational model under-predicts the amount of cross channel mixing. Computational results for ΔP compare reasonably well (within 20 percent on average).

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