Numerical Investigation on Cooling of Small form Factor Computer Cases

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2008-11-01
ORHAN, OMER EMRE
Tarı, İlker
In this study, cooling of small form factor computers is numerically investigated. The problem is a conjugate heat transfer problem in which ambient air is the final heat transfer medium. In modeling the problem, heat transfer using heat pipes running from the CPU to the heat exchanger in the back end of the chassis, forced convection inside the chassis, ventilation of the chassis air, conduction paths inside the chassis, and natural convection from the chassis walls to the ambient air are considered. The numerical model is analyzed using a commercial finite volume computational fluid dynamics software package. The effects of grid selection, discretization schemes and turbulence model selection on simulation results are discussed. In addition, recirculation and relaminarization are addressed briefly as examples of physical phenomena affecting cooling. For a comparison with the computational fluid dynamics results, an experiment is conducted and some temperature measurements are obtained from critical locations inside the chassis. The computational results were found to be in good agreement with the experimental ones.
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O. E. ORHAN and İ. Tarı, “Numerical Investigation on Cooling of Small form Factor Computer Cases,” Engineering Applications Of Computational Fluid Mechanics, pp. 427–435, 2008, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/47204.