Numerical Study of Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer Characteristics in Solid and Perforated Finned Heat Sinks Utilizing a Piezoelectric Fan


Numerical study is adapted to combine between piezoelectric fan as a turbulent air flow generator and perforated finned heat sinks. A single piezoelectric fan with different tip amplitudes placed eccentrically at the duct entrance. The problem of solid and perforated finned heat sinks is solved and analyzed numerically by using Ansys 17.2 fluent, and solving three dimensional energy and Navier–Stokes equations that set with RNG based k−ε scalable wall function turbulent model. Finite volume algorithm is used to solve both phases of solid and fluid. Calculations are done for three values of piezoelectric fan amplitudes 25 mm, 30 mm, and 40 mm, respectively. Results of this numerical study are compared with previous both numerical and experimental studies and give a good agreement. Numerical solution is invoked to explain the behavior of air flow and temperature distribution for two types of circular axial and lateral perforations. For each type, all the results are compared with an identical solid finned heat sink. Perforations show a remarkable enhanced in the heat transfer characteristics. The results achieved enhancement in the heat transfer coefficient about 12% in axial perforation and 25% in the lateral perforation at the maximum fan amplitude.