Title

Optimization of Thermally and Geometrically Asymmetric Trapezoidal Fins

Abstract

Presented is an analysis of thermally and geometrically asymmetric trapezoidal fins using a two-dimensional analytical method. Some isothermal lines within this thermally and geometrically asymmetric fin are shown. The optimum heat loss is chosen to be 98% of the maximum heat loss by comparison of the increasing rate of dimensionless fin length and that of heat loss from the fin. The optimum heat loss, the corresponding dimensionless fin length, and fin volume are presented as a function of the ratio of the fin bottom-surface to top-surface Biot numbers, the ratio of the fin tip-surface to top-surface Biot numbers, and a fin shape factor. Results show that the effect of fin shape on the optimum heat loss is very small while the optimum heat loss increases linearly as the ratio of fin bottom-surface to top-surface Biot numbers increases.

Department(s)

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2004 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), All rights reserved.

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