Steady-state external natural convective heat transfer from a single-wall vertically-mounted rectangular interrupted fin arrays is investigated. A systematic numerical, experimental, and analytical study is conducted on the effect of adding interruptions to a single vertical plate, on natural convective heat transfer. COMSOL Multiphysics software is used in order to develop a two-dimensional numerical model for investigation of fin interruption effects. To perform an experimental study and to verify the analytical and numerical results, a custom-designed testbed was developed. Results show that adding interruptions to a vertical single fin enhances the thermal performance of it and reduces the weight of the heatsink, which in turn, can lead to lower manufacturing costs. A compact relationship for the Nusselt number based on geometrical parameters for interrupted fins is presented using a blending technique for two asymptotes of interruption length.
Steady-state external natural convection heat transfer from vertically-mounted rectangular interrupted fins is investigated numerically and experimentally. To perform an experimental study, a custom-designed testbed was developed to verify the analytical and numerical results. FLUENT software was used in order to develop a 2-D numerical model for investigation of interruption effects. After regenerating, and validating the existing analytical results for fin spacing, a systematic numerical and experimental study was conducted on effect of fin interruption. Results show that adding interruptions to vertical rectangular fins enhances the thermal performance of fins. In a parametric study optimum interruption length for maximum fin performance was found and correlated.
Steady-state external natural convection heat transfer from interrupted rectangular vertical walls is investigated. A systematic numerical, experimental, and analytical study is conducted on the effect of adding interruptions to a vertical plate. Comsol multiphysics is used to develop a two-dimensional numerical model for investigation of fin interruption effects on natural convection. A custom-designed testbed is built and six interrupted wall samples are machined from aluminum. An effective length is introduced for calculating the natural convection heat transfer from interrupted vertical walls. Performing an asymptotic analysis and using a blending technique, a new compact relationship is proposed for the Nusselt number. Our results show that adding interruptions to a vertical wall can enhance heat transfer rate up to 16% and reduce the weight of the fins, which in turn, lead to lower manufacturing and material costs.
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