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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 15 Cooling of Electronic Equipment Air Cooling: Natural Convection and Radiation 1571C As the student watches the movie, the temperature of the electronic components in the VCR will keep increasing because of the blocked air passages. The VCR eventually may overheat and fail. 1572C There is no natural convection in space because of the absence of gravity (and because of the absence of a medium outside). However, it can be cooled by radiation since radiation does not need a medium. 1573C The openings on the side surfaces of a TV, VCR or other electronic enclosures provide passage ways for the cold air to enter and warm air to leave. If a TV or VCR is enclosed in a cabinet with no free space around, and if there is no other cooling process involved, the temperature of device will keep rising due to the heat generation in device, which may cause the device to fail eventually. 1574C The magnitude of radiation, in general, is comparable to the magnitude of natural convection. Therefore, radiation heat transfer should be always considered in the analysis of natural convection cooled electronic equipment. 1575C The effect of atmospheric pressure to heat transfer coefficient can be written as h h P conv P atm conv atm , , . ) 2 (W / m C = 1 where P is the air pressure in atmosphere. Therefore, the greater the air pressure, the greater the heat transfer coefficient. The best and the worst orientation for heat transfer from a square surface are vertical and horizontal, respectively, since the former maximizes and the latter minimizes natural convection. 1576C The view factor from surface 1 to surface 2 is the fraction of radiation which leaves surface 1 and strikes surface 2 directly. The magnitude of radiation heat transfer between two surfaces is proportional to the view factor. The larger the view factor, the larger the radiation exchange between the two surfaces. 1577C Emissivity of a surface is the ratio of the radiation emitted by a surface at a specified temperature to the radiation emitted by a blackbody (which is the maximum amount) at the same temperature. The magnitude of radiation heat transfer between a surfaces and it surrounding surfaces is proportional to the emissivity. The larger the emissivity, the larger the radiation heat exchange between the two surfaces. 1578C For most effective natural convection cooling of a PCB array, the PCB should be placed vertically to take advantage of natural convection currents which tend to rise naturally, and to minimize trapped air pockets. Placing the PCBs too close to each other tends to choke the flow because of the increased resistance. Therefore, the PCBs should be placed far from each other for effective heat transfer (A distance of about 2 cm between the PCBs turns out to be adequate for effective natural convection cooling.) 1579C Radiation heat transfer from the components on the PCBs in an enclosure is negligible since the view of the components is largely blocked by other heat generating components at about the same...
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This note was uploaded on 08/25/2009 for the course AET AET432 taught by Professor Rajadas during the Spring '06 term at ASU.
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