Geometrical Optimization of Plate-Fin Heat-Sink

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Type: Examensarbete för masterexamen
Master Thesis
Title: Geometrical Optimization of Plate-Fin Heat-Sink
Authors: Irawan, Dani
Abstract: In this thesis the geometrical configuration of a processor heat sink is optimized. Two objective functions, operational cost and maximum temperature, have been chosen and the design space has been limited to three degrees of freedom represented by number of fins, fin height and fin thickness. The optimization is simulation-based and carried out using multi-objective particle swarm optimization (MO-PSO). Two variants of MO-PSO have been selected, adapted and implemented. The first is a variant introduced by Coello and Lechuga in "MOPSO: A Proposal for Multiple Objective Particle Swarm Optimization" which is based on density of the pareto front. The second is a variant introduced by Fieldsend and Singh in "A Multi-Objective Algorithm Based Upon Particle Swarm Optimisation, an Efficient Data Structure and Turbulence" which is based on distance to the pareto front. Simulations have been performed using a state-of-the-art immersed boundary flow solver called IBOFlow developed by Fraunhofer-Chalmers research centre. Comparisons presented in this thesis show that FS-method requires less evaluations to find the Pareto front, whereas the CL-method explores the Pareto front more evenly. The number of particles does not seem to give an apparent effect on exploration it is rather the distribution of initial points that determines the exploration. Many evaluated points have been observed to be clustered in objective space, especially in FS-method. This observation triggered the idea of a filter. In the current work it has been found that the number of simulations can be significantly reduced by using filters. However, the threshold used in the filter must be chosen conservatively to prevent coarsening of the Pareto front. It has also been found that the Pareto front can be refined by projection of infeasible points onto the boundary of the feasibility region. The improvement from projection comes at the expense of additional evaluations. Optimal designs of the heat sink are proposed based on lexicographic method, Analytical Hierarchy Process, and Technique for Order of Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS), respectively.
Keywords: Materialvetenskap;Grundläggande vetenskaper;Innovation och entreprenörskap (nyttiggörande);Strömningsmekanik;Materials Science;Basic Sciences;Innovation & Entrepreneurship;Fluid mechanics
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Chalmers tekniska högskola / Institutionen för tillämpad mekanik
Chalmers University of Technology / Department of Applied Mechanics
Series/Report no.: Diploma work - Department of Applied Mechanics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden : 2016:73
Collection:Examensarbeten för masterexamen // Master Theses

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