Heat transfer in adjacent interacting impinging synthetic jets

Tim Persoons, Tadhg S. O'Donovan, Darina B. Murray

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An impinging synthetic jet can attain heat transfer rates comparable to a continuous jet, without net mass input. However it needs a forced cross-flow to supply fresh cooling medium. The vectoring effect of adjacent synthetic jets allows directing the flow by changing the phase between the jets. This study uses the vectoring effect of two adjacent synthetic jets to draw in fresh air, while maintaining high impingement cooling performance. The experimental approach applies infrared thermography and particle image velocimetry to quantify the local convective heat transfer and flow field, respectively. The heat transfer profiles for various phase differences have been compared to the mean flow field and wall-normal velocity fluctuation intensity. For a fixed operating point (stroke length and Reynolds number) and geometry, the cooling performance has been optimised for phase and jet-to-surface spacing, resulting in about 90% enhancement of the maximum and overall cooling rate compared to a single jet, without the need for external cross-flow forcing. Copyright © 2009 by ASME.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference 2009, HT2009
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event2009 ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 19 Jul 200923 Jul 2009


Conference2009 ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference
Abbreviated titleHT2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA


  • Cross-flow
  • Electronics cooling
  • Impinging jet
  • Particle image velocimetry
  • Synthetic jet
  • Vectoring


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