Optimization of Fin Arrays Cooled by Forced or Natural Convection
Research output: Book/Report › Doctoral thesis › Collection of Articles
|Publisher||Tampere University of Technology|
|Number of pages||71|
|Publication status||Published - 24 Aug 2018|
|Publication type||G5 Doctoral dissertation (article)|
|Name||Tampere University of Technology. Publication|
In this thesis, a fast way to optimize industrial heat sinks with a fixed set of heat dissipating components is presented. In a typical optimization case, several hundred temperature field evaluations are needed to find the optimal geometry. These evaluations consume a lot of CPU time if done with conventional CFD. The main objective of this thesis is, therefore, to present a new calculation model, which can handle these temperature field evaluations in a much shorter time. In the model, the speedup is obtained by replacing the slow 3D CFD -solution of air velocity and temperature distributions with 1D solutions for the mean values of these distributions, where convective heat transfer and shear stress are calculated from analytical correlations. A complete 3D numerical solution is only performed for the solid temperature field. These modifications make the new model at least a thousand times faster than CFD.
The calculation model is then tested for accuracy in many test cases, where its results are compared to those calculated with CFD and analytical solutions. These comparisons ensure that the model operates with the precision needed for optimization to predict the maximum temperature of the components. This is important because, in optimization, the maximum temperature of the components is the most crucial quantity.
After accuracy testing, the use of the model as part of an efficient multi-objective optimization algorithm is demonstrated in many distinct cases. Instead of just one optimal solution, multiobjective optimization results in a set of best compromise solutions, called the Pareto optimal set, according to the chosen criteria. Usually, the optimization criteria are the maximum temperature of the components and the weight of the material, or the external volume, of the heat sink. A wellperformed optimization can allow a significant reduction of the solid material used. In the heat sink manufacturing industry, the potential for total savings in material, energy, and CO2 emissions is significant as the global market size of thermal management technology is vast.