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Design Optimization of Micro-channel Heat Exchanger embedded in LTCC
Keywords: Design optimization, micro heat exchanger, LTCC
Increase in the density of electronic packaging leads to the investigation of highly efficient thermal management systems. The challenge in these micro-systems is to maximize heat transfer per unit volume. In the author's previous work, experimental and computational analysis has been performed on LTCC substrates using embedded silver vias. This novel technique of embedding silver vias along with forced convection resulted in higher heat transfer rates. The present work further investigates into the optimization of this model. A Multi-objective optimization problem has been formulated for the heat transfer in the LTCC model. The Log Mean Temperature Difference (LMTD) method of heat exchangers has been used in the formulation. Optimization is performed based on minimizing the cost of the LTCC substrate taking into account the heat transfer rate and the coolant pumping power. Structural and thermal design variables are considered to meet the manufacturability and energy requirements. Demanded pressure loss and temperature drop are used as constraints. The classical optimization technique Sequential Quadratic Programming (SQP) is used to solve the micro-heat exchanger problem. The optimal design is presented and sensitivity analysis results are discussed.
Aparna Aravelli, Ph.D. Student
University of Miami, FL
Coral Gables, FL

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