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Industrial applications for LIGA-fabricated micro heat exchangers
Author(s): Kevin W. Kelly; Chad Harris; Lyndon S. Stephens; Christophe Marques; Dan Foley
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Paper Abstract

One of the well-known benefits of micro scale is enhanced heat transfer. This fact provides the motivation for fabricating a variety of micro heat exchangers using derivatives of the LIGA micromachining process. These heat exchangers can be made of polymers, nickel (electroplated or electroless), or ceramics (Si3N4 and alumina are presently being investigated). These heat exchangers are envisioned for applications such as gas turbine blades, mechanical seals and/or bearings, boilers, condensers, radiators, evaporators, electronic component cooling, and catalytic converters. In this paper, methods to fabricate an array of heat exchangers for different applications are described. In addition, simple analytic models that illustrate the motivation for fabricating micro cross flow heat exchanges are shown to compare favorably with experimental heat transfer results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 2001
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4559, MEMS Components and Applications for Industry, Automobiles, Aerospace, and Communication, (1 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.443021
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Kevin W. Kelly, Louisiana State Univ. (United States)
Chad Harris, Louisiana State Univ. (United States)
Lyndon S. Stephens, Univ. of Kentucky (United States)
Christophe Marques, Louisiana State Univ. (United States)
Dan Foley, Honeywell, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4559:
MEMS Components and Applications for Industry, Automobiles, Aerospace, and Communication
Henry Helvajian; Siegfried W. Janson; Franz Laermer, Editor(s)

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