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Journal of Enhanced Heat Transfer
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ISSN Print: 1065-5131
ISSN Online: 1563-5074

Journal of Enhanced Heat Transfer

DOI: 10.1615/JEnhHeatTransf.v2.i1-2.30
pages 17-22

Performance Evaluation of Pin-Fin Heat Sinks Utilizing a Local Heating Method

Ko Minakami
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, 2-24-16, Naka-cho, Koganei-shi, Tokyo 184, JAPAN; Energy and Mechanical Research Laboratories, Research and Development Center, Toshiba Corporation, 1, Toshiba Cho, Saiwai Ku, Kawasaki, 210, Japan
Masaru Ishizuka
Toyama Prefectural University, 5180 Kurokawa, Imizu, Toyama 939-0398, Japan
Sadanari Mochizuki
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, 2-24-16, Naka-cho, Koganei-shi, Tokyo 184, JAPAN


Experiments using a wind tunnel were conducted to clarify the distribution of the local heat transfer coefficient in a pin-fin array. Pin-fin test cores were constructed of pin rows arranged regularly in the flow direction. A local heating method was utilized to measure the heat transfer performance. Pin rows were heated through a direct application of an electric current, and their individual temperatures were estimated by measuring the electric resistance. Measurements were carried out under two conditions, one was the case when the individual pin rows in the pin-fin array were heated separately, and the other was the case when all the pin rows were heated simultaneously in a uniform heat flux. The range of the Reynolds number tested was 20−100. Flow visualization experiments were also carried out to observe the flow pattern in the pin arrays utilizing a fifteen times enlarged model and a water tunnel. The test results revealed the heat transfer performance of the fins, and the effects of an oscillating flow on the heat transfer mechanism are discussed.