Thermal management of electronics devices with PCMs filled pin-fin heat sinks: A comparison

Hafiz Muhammad Ali*, Adeel Arshad, Mark Jabbal, P. G. Verdin

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The present paper covers the comparison of two different configurations (square and circular) pin-fin heat sinks embedded with two different phase change materials (PCMs) namely paraffin wax and n-eicosane having different thermo-physical properties were carried out for passive cooling of electronic devices. The pin-fins, acting as thermal conductivity enhancers (TCEs), of 2mm square and 3mm circular fin thickness of constant volume fraction of 9% are chosen and input heat fluxes from 1.2kW/m2 to 3.2kW/m2 with an increment of 0.4kW/m2 are provided. Two different critical set point temperatures (SPTs) 45°C and 65°C are chosen to explore the thermal performance in terms of enhancement ratios, enhancement in operation time, latent heating phase duration, thermal capacity and conductance. The results show that 3mm diameter of circular pin-fins has the best thermal performance in passive thermal management of electronic devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1199-1204
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Early online date5 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes


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