Design of a Mini Heat Sink Based on Constructal Theory for Electronic Chip Cooling Conference Paper uri icon


  • New technological advancements in electronic circuits and computer engineering have increased the need for better cooling systems; liquid cooling of electronic components seems to offer a solution for this problem. An important part of such solution is to design a compact cooling channel system that offers a uniform temperature distribution over the part to be cooled. This work investigates the application of constructal theory for the design of a compact double sided cooling pad for such applications. Fluid enters the two networks, on the top and bottom of the pad, via a single inlet inside a separating layer between them. The heated fluid then collected at the periphery of the channel network. An exit port is then attached to a collection well for the exit flow. Numerical method is used to redesign flow passage dimensions inside the heat sink and optimize fluid outlet layout to ensure uniform heat removal and temperature distribution in the pad. A sample model of the actual device is built; using advanced 3D printing technology, for flow study. Flow pattern, temperature distribution, and the resulted pressure drop for the designed heat sink are presented for different flow rates.

name of conference

  • ASME 2014 12th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels collocated with the ASME 2014 4th Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting

published proceedings

  • ASME 2014 12th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels

author list (cited authors)

  • Srinivasan, S., Al-Suwaidi, S., & Sadr, R.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Srinivasan, Srikanth||Al-Suwaidi, Shaikha||Sadr, Reza

publication date

  • August 2014