Fluid damping and power consumption of active devices used in cooling electronics

Longzhong Huang, Smita Agrawal, Terrence W Simon, Min Zhang, Taiho Yeom, Mark North, Tianhong Cui

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Abstract

Active devices, such as synthetic jets and oscillating plate agitators were found to be effective in cooling of high-heat-flux electronics. These devices generate unsteady flows, thinning the thermal boundary layer and enhancing turbulent transport. However, the active devices cause extra power consumption due to flow friction and separation. It is important to understand the factors influencing power consumption in these devices if they are to be applied in cooling system designs. The present study analyzes fluid damping and power consumption in highfrequency (about 1000 Hz) synthetic jets and oscillating plate agitators driven by piezoelectric stacks. This analysis is done numerically, since it is difficult to measure fluid damping. In the simulations, the moving part of the active device is modeled with the moving wall boundary condition. The mesh is updated and the flow is calculated every time the moving part changes its position. The coherent vortex structures generated by theses active devices, like vortices in the synthetic jet cavity or in the oscillating plate tip gap region, are found to cause fluid damping and power consumption. Fluidic power consumption levels with different geometries and different operating frequencies and amplitudes are studied. A correlation is developed to predict fluidic power consumption at different operating conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2012
Pages1489-1495
Number of pages7
EditionPARTS A, B, C, D
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
EventASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2012 - Houston, TX, United States
Duration: Nov 9 2012Nov 15 2012

Publication series

NameASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings (IMECE)
NumberPARTS A, B, C, D
Volume7

Other

OtherASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2012
CountryUnited States
CityHouston, TX
Period11/9/1211/15/12

Keywords

  • Agitated flow
  • Electronics cooling
  • Fluid damping
  • Fluidic power consumption
  • Synthetic jets

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