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Methods to design optimum heat sink geometries

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Heat Transfer Conference, IHTC-16, August 10-15, 2018, Beijing, China
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2018
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Heat Transfer Conference -
Duration: 1 Jan 2000 → …

Publication series

ISSN (Electronic)2377-424X


ConferenceInternational Heat Transfer Conference
Period1/01/00 → …


This paper gives a short review of recent studies dealing with optimization of conjugated heat transfer of fin arrays. First, some results considering optimal geometries of single fins are presented to give some idea on how fin shape affects heat transfer. The main emphasis is on fin arrays, which can be solved with CFD, but it requires plenty of CPU-time and is thus often rejected in optimization of industrial applications. If the most time consuming phase of the solution, the convective heat transfer, is handled using analytical results and only conduction is solved numerically, we have a fast performing tool for design and optimization process. With this approach, the CPU-time is many orders of magnitude smaller than in the case of pure numerical solution with CFD. The accuracy of the results is checked by comparing them to experimental, and in some simple cases, to numerically calculated results. After testing the accuracy of the model, it is applied using multi-objective optimization to fin arrays cooled by natural and forced convection. The selected optimization algorithm was a multi-objective version of particle swarm optimization (PSO) algorithm, which works well.

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Field of science, Statistics Finland