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Heat Transfer Performance of Lotus-Type Porous Metals

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Kenshiro Muramatsu, John K. Eaton

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Takuya Ide, Hideo Nakajima

Osaka University, Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan

Paper No. HT2012-58050, pp. 31-40; 10 pages
  • ASME 2012 Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the ASME 2012 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting and the ASME 2012 10th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels
  • Volume 2: Heat Transfer Enhancement for Practical Applications; Fire and Combustion; Multi-Phase Systems; Heat Transfer in Electronic Equipment; Low Temperature Heat Transfer; Computational Heat Transfer
  • Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, USA, July 8–12, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4478-6
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


Metal foams are of interest for heat transfer applications because of their high surface-to-volume ratio and high convective heat transfer coefficients. However, conventional open-cell foams have high pressure drop and low net thermal conductivity in the direction normal to a heated surface due to the fully random structure. This paper examines porous metals made by stacking thin layers of lotus metal which have many small pores aligned in the flow direction. The reduction in randomness reduces the pressure drop and increases the thermal conduction compared to conventional metal foams. Experimental results are presented for the heat transfer performance of two types of lotus metal fins, one with a deterministic pattern of machined holes and one with a random hole pattern made by a continuous casting technique. The layer spacing, the hole diameter, the porosity and the flow Reynolds number were all varied. The measurements show that spacing between fin layers and the relative alignment of pores in successive fins can have a substantial effect on the heat transfer performance.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME
Topics: Heat transfer , Metals



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