Trees and serpentines in a conducting body


Journal Article

Here we document comparatively the performance of three flow architectures for heat transfer between a buried flow structure and a conducting medium: trees with Y-shaped bifurcations, trees with T-shaped bifurcations, and classical U-shaped and serpentine designs. The competing designs occupy the same volume fraction. The tree architectures have up to four levels of bifurcation (N). We found that the heat transfer performance depends greatly on the flow configuration. The tree shaped designs yield improvements in heat transfer density as N increases from 0 to 4. The Y-shaped design is the best of the three architectures. The scale analysis of tree-in-solid heat transfer anticipates correctly the key features of the thermal performance of the architecture. The paper also shows that the tree architecture, which is derived from minimizing flow resistance, also has the property that it distributes uniformly the flow resistance time throughout the structure. This is true for both laminar and turbulent flow. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kobayashi, H; Lorente, S; Anderson, R; Bejan, A

Published Date

  • January 1, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 56 / 1-2

Start / End Page

  • 488 - 494

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0017-9310

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2012.09.012

Citation Source

  • Scopus