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Heat flux with oscillating heat sink

  1. Apr 14, 2014 #1
    I am curious about the effects of oscillation in a heat transfer system. For example consider a simple system consisting of a heat source, a heat sink, and some generic material through which we will flow heat.

    http://tempneff.com/Hflux.png [Broken]

    If we stack them all together, without thermal grease or other treatments, then they should transfer heat by [itex]\frac{Q}{t}=\frac{\kappa A(T_{hot}-T_{cold})}{d}[/itex]

    where Q= heat transferred, t=time, [itex]\kappa[/itex] = thermal conductivity of barrier, A = area, T= temp, and d=thickness of barrier. Right?

    What would be the effect if I were to vibrate the cold side? Instinctively I thought it would interrupt heat flow decreasing Q/t, but I am reading (unless I misunderstand) that sometimes heat transfer is improved by oscillation.

    Any thought?
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  3. Apr 14, 2014 #2
    If i understand you correctly, I think the logic is similar to having a fan blowing to the heatsink on the other end, decreases Q/t because it increases heat dispersion thus improves natural convection on the outer surface, therefore improve Heat flux to surrounding.
  4. Apr 14, 2014 #3
    I'll buy that. I still wonder about the magnitude of effect from other dynamics. At high frequency would the friction created have a noticeable effect on the net flux? What about the change in surface area when part of the cold block is shifted off of the 'material'?
  5. Apr 14, 2014 #4
    Higher frequency means more oscillation, so its similar to a higher RPM fan which gives better cooling measure..
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