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Thermal Measurements in Rectangular Microchannels

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Aristotel Popescu, James R. Welty

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

David Pfund, David Rector

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA

Paper No. IMECE2002-32442, pp. 277-284; 8 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Heat Transfer, Volume 1
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3632-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


This paper reports on an experimental study of heat transfer in high aspect ratio (width/depth), rectangular micro-channels. A single channel with width of 10 μm was cut into polycarbonate spacers of various thicknesses, resulting in channel depths of 128 μm, 263 μm and 521 μm. Heat transfer experiments were performed with a constant heat flux boundary condition applied at the surface of the channel. Experiments conducted for refrigerant R-124 working fluid in the range Re = 300 − 900 and Pr = 3.6 − 3.8 showed small or no departure from macro-scale predictions for channels with hydraulic diameters larger than 500 μm. Results for the 80:1 aspect ratio channel showed a significant departure from theoretical predictions. Experimental values of local Nusselt numbers were approximately 25 percent lower than predicted using macro-scale theory.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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