Development of a Novel Heat Sink with Wavy-Tapered Channels
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The objective of this project is to develop a 3D-printed microchannel heat sink for thermal management of high concentrated photovoltaic solar cells. Numerical and experimental techniques will be used to predict and understand the proposed microchannel heat sink performance. Three students will be working together towards the heat sink performance predictions. The first student will perform the numerical investigation which involves building of numerical models, meshing, solving using available commercial CFD codes. This process will give the student a good experience with numerical methods and commercial CFD software. The other two students will conduct the experimental investigations. In their work, they will design and manufactur the test section. They will use the available laboratory equipment to investigate the heat sink performance including pressure drop and two-phas flow visualization. The two students will gain an experience with building test models, using lab equipment and calibration, and preforming data analysis.