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  • This paper presents the flow and heat transfer characteristics in a cross-linked silicon microchannel heat sink. The heat sink is composed of 45 channels, 269 m wide 283 m tall, in a silicon substrate formed via deep reactive ion etching. A detailed discussion of the pressure drop data reduction is described, including characterization of the channel cross sections and methods to account for inlet and exit loss coefficients. No significant difference is observed in the pressure drop measurements between the cross-linked and standard heat sinks flowing air and water. The use of unencapsulated liquid crystal thermography was successfully used to obtain local heat transfer data with FC-72 as the working fluid. The heat transfer results show inflections in the thermal profile due to the cross links. Copyright 2008 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer

author list (cited authors)

  • Muwanga, R., & Hassan, I.

publication date

  • January 1, 2008 11:11 AM