Experimental comparison of micro-scaled plate-fins and pin-fins under natural convection

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The presentwork analyses, for the first time, the heat transfer frompin micro-fins. The scope of the present paper is comparing thermal performance of plate micro-fin and pin micro-fin arrays under natural convection conditionsin air.Two fin geometries are considered: plate and pin fin arrayswith the same thermal exchanging surfaceare tested. The investigation shows that the pin micro-fins can improve the thermal performance compared toplate micro-fin arrays. Indeed, pin micro-fins are found to have higher heat transfer coefficients and lower thermalresistances, as well as a better material usage. This makes pin micro-fins able to achieve both thermal enhancementand weight reduction than plate micro-fins. The radiative heat transfer is also calculated: A new model to determine the radiative view factors of pin fins is proposed and is used in the analysis. The effect of the orientation is considered as well.

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Micheli, L., Reddy, K. S., & Mallick, T. K. (2016). Experimental comparison of micro-scaled plate-fins and pin-fins under natural convection. International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer, 75, 59–66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icheatmasstransfer.2016.03.023

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