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Square Base Heat Sink

  1. Mar 20, 2012 #1
    In my physics test, a question was asked why the heat sink has a square base. Anyone can answer this? i searched the internet but could not find much. Any help would be greatly appreciated. :)
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  3. Mar 20, 2012 #2
  4. Mar 20, 2012 #3
    thanks for the reply but i wanted to know about the base, not the fins. But thanks anyway!! :)
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  6. Mar 20, 2012 #5
    lol But it came from a physics test, so i presume the reasoning should be related to physics but maybe you are right. Thanks anyway!! :)
  7. Mar 20, 2012 #6


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    Probably because the heat sink is extruded aluminium, and square sections are just cut off from the length. If you wanted a round flat face then extra cost with machining would be involved.
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