Study of PCM-based pin-fin heat sinks

V. Dubovsky, G. Barzilay, G. Granot, G. Ziskind, R. Letan

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This study deals with heat transfer from pin-fin aluminum heat sinks to a phase-change material (PCM) which fills the inter-fin space. The sinks have a horizontal base and accordingly their fins are vertical. The sink base dimensions are 100 mm by 100 mm, with fin height of 10 mm, 20 mm or 30 mm, and cross section of 4 mmx4 mm. The number of fins varies, e.g. 49, 64, 81, etc. The applied power is between 50 W to 250 W, corresponding to the heat fluxes of 5-25 kW/m2. The present paper reports mostly numerical results, but the numerical model is validated using the findings from an ongoing experimental investigation, in which a commercially available paraffin wax RT-35 is used as the PCM, with the melting temperature of about 35 °C. The simulations reflect the material properties, geometry, and other features of the experimental set-up, including heating with an electrical foil heater. Accordingly, the base temperature serves as the dependent parameter. Numerical simulations, performed using the Fluent 6.2 software, serve to obtain detailed melting patterns and explain the effect of fin size and number on sink performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference 2009, HT2009
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2009
Event2009 ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference, HT2009 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 19 Jul 200923 Jul 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference 2009, HT2009


Conference2009 ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference, HT2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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