Accession Number:

ADA256134

Title:

Extended Surface Heat Sinks for Electronic Components: A Computer Optimization

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1992-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

117.0

Abstract:

Heat sinks consisting of individual fins and arrays of fins are used extensively throughout the Navy and industry. The fins serve to increase the surface area through which heat is transferred to the surrounding environment by natural convection. Extended surfaces or fins are commonly found on electronic components ranging from power supplies to transformers. The dissipation and subsequent rejection of potentially destructive self produced heat is an important aspect of electronic equipment design. Fin design theory is examined starting with the optimization of individual fin dimensions. The insights obtained are utilized in an investigation of the optimal number and spacing of elements in an array of fins. The results are implemented in a computer program written in ADA and compiled for use on IBM compatible machines. The program takes as inputs thermal and physical data and outputs an optimized fin configuration.

Subject Categories:

  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment
  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Computer Hardware
  • Thermodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE