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Title: Single-phase laminar flow heat transfer from confined electron beam enhanced surfaces
Author: Ferhati, Arben
ISNI:       0000 0004 5994 1411
Awarding Body: Brunel University London
Current Institution: Brunel University
Date of Award: 2015
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The continuing requirement for computational processing power, multi-functional devices and component miniaturization have emphasised the need for thermal management systems able to maintain the temperature at safe operating condition. The thermal management industry is constantly seeking for new cutting edge, efficient, cost effective heat transfer enhancement technologies. The aim of this study is to utilize the electron beam treatment for the improvement of the heat transfer area in liquid cooled plates and experimentally evaluate the performance. Considering the complexity of the technology, this thesis focuses on the design and production of electron beam enhanced test samples, construction of the test facility, testing procedure and evaluation of thermal and hydraulic characteristics. In particular, the current research presented in this thesis contains a number of challenging and cutting edge technological developments that include: (1) an overview of the semiconductor industry, cooling requirements, the market of thermal management systems, (2) an integral literature review of pin-fin enhancement technology, (3) design and fabrication of the electron beam enhanced test samples, (4) upgrade and construction of the experimental test rig and the development of the test procedure, (5) reduction of the experimental data and analysis to evaluate thermal and hydraulic performance. The experimental results show that the capability of the electron beam treatment to improve the thermal efficiency of current untreated liquid cooled plates is approximately three times. The highest heat transfer rate was observed for the sample S3; this is attributed to the irregularities of the enhanced structure, which improves the heat transfer area, mixing, and disturbs the thermal and velocity boundary layers. Enhancement of heat transfer for all three samples was characterised by an increase of pressure drop. The electron beam enhancement technique is a rapid process with zero material waste and cost effective. It allows thermal management systems to be produced smaller and faster, reduce material usage, without compromising safety, labour cost or the environment.
Supervisor: Karayiannis, T. ; Reay, D. ; Lewis, J. ; McGlenn, R. Sponsor: EPSRC ; Brunel University ; Thermacore Europe ; Welding Institute
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Electronic information management ; Single/ multi-core processor architecture ; Heat dissipation ; Thermoelectric cooling technique ; Cooling technologies