Performance Analysis of Double Stack Cold Plates Covering All Conditions of Asymmetric Heat Loading

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R. J. Pieper, A. D. Kraus

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 93943

J. Electron. Packag 120(3), 296-301 (Sep 01, 1998) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2792636 History: Received July 01, 1997; Revised February 12, 1998; Online December 05, 2007


Double stack, force-cooled cold plates, which are used as electronic chassis, are investigated for all conditions of unequal temperature and heat loading. A closed form solution that relates the plate temperatures to composite heat loads is derived. This analysis covers all regimes of operation. In particular, this includes the previously ignored regime in which no adiabatic point exists anywhere on either of the fins connecting cover and splitter plates. The heat dissipating advantage of the double stack structure, over a similarly designed single stack structure, is predicted with the analysis presented in the paper.

Copyright © 1998 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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