Optimizing the design of nanostructures for improved thermal conduction within confined spaces.
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Maintaining constant temperature is of particular importance to the normal operation of electronic devices.Branched structure made of single-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are shown to be particularly suitable for the purpose.It was found that the total thermal resistance of a branched structure reaches a minimum when the diameter ratio, β* satisfies the relationship: β* = γ-0.25bN-1/k*, where γ is ratio of length, b = 0.3 to approximately 0.4 on the single-walled CNTs, b = 0.6 to approximately 0.8 on the multiwalled CNTs, k* = 2 and N is the bifurcation number (N = 2, 3, 4 ...).
Affiliation: College of Mathematics, Physics and Information Engineering, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004, PR China. wfm@zjnu.cn.
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Maintaining constant temperature is of particular importance to the normal operation of electronic devices. Aiming at the question, this paper proposes an optimum design of nanostructures made of high thermal conductive nanomaterials to provide outstanding heat dissipation from the confined interior (possibly nanosized) to the micro-spaces of electronic devices. The design incorporates a carbon nanocone for conducting heat from the interior to the exterior of a miniature electronic device, with the optimum diameter, D0, of the nanocone satisfying the relationship: D02(x) ∝ x1/2 where x is the position along the length direction of the carbon nanocone. Branched structure made of single-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are shown to be particularly suitable for the purpose. It was found that the total thermal resistance of a branched structure reaches a minimum when the diameter ratio, β* satisfies the relationship: β* = γ-0.25bN-1/k*, where γ is ratio of length, b = 0.3 to approximately 0.4 on the single-walled CNTs, b = 0.6 to approximately 0.8 on the multiwalled CNTs, k* = 2 and N is the bifurcation number (N = 2, 3, 4 ...). The findings of this research provide a blueprint in designing miniaturized electronic devices with outstanding heat dissipation.PACS numbers: 44.10.+i, 44.05.+e, 66.70.-f, 61.48.De. No MeSH data available. Related in: MedlinePlus |
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Mentions: One promising conductive system which has been designed here, utilizes a carbon nanocone and branched structure consisting of single-walled carbon nanotubes to conduct heat efficiently away from the interior of an electronic device (see Figure 1). The heat conduction route is marked in blue and with red arrows, as shown in Figure 1. It is assumed that the electronic device is cylindrical, and the volumetric heat generation rate from the cylinder is a uniform q''' within V. A carbon nanocone of ultrahigh thermal conductivity, kp is inserted into the cylindrical electronic device (or gap) to conduct the heat (See Figure 1(I)). The diameter of the carbon nanocone, D0 (x), (see Figure 2) varies along its length, represented by x along the horizontal direction of the carbon nanocone. The heat will be conducted away from the electronic device, and then dissipated into the space through the branches (see Figure 1(II)). The structure is characterized according to each branch as follows: Let the length and diameter of a typical branch at some intermediate level k (k = 0, 1, 2, 3...m, where m is total level) be lk and dk, respectively, and introduce two scaling factors: β = dk+1/dk and γ = lk+1/lk, respectively. The elements of the structural design are shown in Figure 1. |
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Affiliation: College of Mathematics, Physics and Information Engineering, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004, PR China. wfm@zjnu.cn.
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