Numerical Modeling of Fluid Flow and Thermal Transport in Gravity-Dominated 3D Microchannels

Isaac F. Odesola, Abimbola Ayodeji Ashaju, Ebenezer O. Ige

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The success recorded by the usage of microchannel in high flux cooling application, has led to several studies aimed at advancement in microchannel fluid flow and heat transfer technology. A recent study area with promising breakthrough is the effects of gravity on microscale flow. Numerical simulations were conducted to study single phase flow and heat transfer in 3D microchannels. A priori, the 3D models were validated with experimental results and showed agreement. Two different aspects were simulated: firstly a microchannel with hydraulic diameter of Dh =199 um for gravity effects on heat transfer. Secondly, gravity effects on friction factor with hydraulic diameter Dh = 1587 um. The 3D model confirmed the existence of gravity effects and scaled with significant factors previous 2D model predictions. This result realistically presents the potential of microchannel angular orientation as a passive tool for flow optimization and heat enhancement in portable electronics devices and compact-sized biomedical devices.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017


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