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Investigation into the performance of turbulence models for fluid flow and heat transfer phenomena in electronic applications

Investigation into the performance of turbulence models for fluid flow and heat transfer phenomena in electronic applications

Dhinsa, Kulvir, Bailey, Chris and Pericleous, Koulis ORCID: 0000-0002-7426-9999 (2005) Investigation into the performance of turbulence models for fluid flow and heat transfer phenomena in electronic applications. IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technologies, 28 (4). pp. 686-699. ISSN 1521-3331 (doi:10.1109/TCAPT.2005.859758)

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Abstract

Heat is extracted away from an electronic package by convection, conduction, and/or radiation. The amount of heat extracted by forced convection using air is highly dependent on the characteristics of the airflow around the package which includes its velocity and direction. Turbulence in the air is also important and is required to be modeled accurately in thermal design codes that use computational fluid dynamics (CFD). During air cooling the flow can be classified as laminar, transitional, or turbulent. In electronics systems, the flow around the packages is usually in the transition region, which lies between laminar and turbulent flow. This requires a low-Reynolds number numerical model to fully capture the impact of turbulence on the fluid flow calculations. This paper provides comparisons between a number of turbulence models with experimental data. These models included the distance from the nearest wall and the local velocity (LVEL), Wolfshtein, Norris and Reynolds, k-ε, k-ω, shear-stress transport (SST), and kε/kl models. Results show that in terms of the fluid flow calculations most of the models capture the difficult wake recirculation region behind the package reasonably well, although for packages whose heights cause a high degree of recirculation behind the package the SST model appears to struggle. The paper also demonstrates the sensitivity of the models to changes in the mesh density; this study is aimed specifically at thermal design engineers as mesh independent simulations are rarely conducted in an industrial environment.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Published online: 5 December 2005. [2] Published in print: December 2005. [3] A conference paper with the same title "Investigation into the performance of turbulence models for fluid flow and heat transfer phenomena in electronic applications" and by the same authors was given at the Twentieth IEEE Semiconductor Thermal Measurement and Management Symposium (SEMI-THERM) held from 9-11 March 2004 in San Jose, California, USA. This is recorded in GALA Item 835.
Uncontrolled Keywords: turbulence models, fluid flow, heat transfer, electronic applications, computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences
School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences > Centre for Numerical Modelling & Process Analysis
School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences > Centre for Numerical Modelling & Process Analysis > Computational Mechanics & Reliability Group
School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences > Centre for Numerical Modelling & Process Analysis > Computational Science & Engineering Group
School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences > Department of Computer Systems Technology
School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences > Department of Mathematical Sciences
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Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/903

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