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Numerical Prediction of Flow and Heat Transfer Rates in Metal Based Microchannels Using Lattice Boltzmann Method

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Pritish R. Parida, Srinath V. Ekkad

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

Paper No. HT2008-56061, pp. 233-241; 9 pages
  • ASME 2008 Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the Fluids Engineering, Energy Sustainability, and 3rd Energy Nanotechnology Conferences
  • Heat Transfer: Volume 1
  • Jacksonville, Florida, USA, August 10–14, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4847-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3832-3
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


Metal-based Microchannel Heat Exchangers (MHEs) are of current interest due to the combination of high heat transfer performance and improved mechanical integrity. In the present work, a simple two-dimensional thermal lattice Boltzmann model without viscous heat dissipation and pressure compressible work has been developed to simulate the heat transfer phenomenon in Cu- and Al-based micro-channels. A 2D fluid-solid conjugate heat transfer problem is solved using LBM and Fluent. For the Cu specimen, the height of the channel considered was 204 μm and the top and bottom wall thickness was taken to be same as the channel height. The LBM results were compared with 3D and 2D fluent models. The study also compares the numerically computed velocity profile with the analytical results and compares the Nusselt number values predicted by LBM and Fluent with the experimental data. Owing to the simplicity of the thermal LB model, promising results were obtained from the LBM predictions.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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