Term of Award

Summer 2017

Degree Name

Master of Science in Applied Engineering (M.S.A.E.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

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Creative Commons License
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Department of Mechanical Engineering

Committee Chair

David Calamas

Committee Member 1

Aniruddha Mitra

Committee Member 2

Mosfequr Rahman


As the scale of electronic devices has continued to decrease and computing power has continued to increase there is a growing need for more efficient cooling techniques. The use of biologically-inspired designs have been shown to create more efficient, and more effective, cooling at a wide variety of scales. The effect of scaling on a microscale tree-like flow network was examined in this work for a variety of bifurcation angles. At microscale, these tree-like networks could be utilized in the thermal management of electronic devices. At larger scales, these networks could be employed in various forms of heat exchangers and solar flat plate collectors. A computational fluid dynamics model was created to investigate the impact of scale in tree-like flow networks of various bifurcation angles and subject to a range of inlet Reynolds numbers. The thermal and fluid performance of the tree-like flow networks was evaluated based on pressure drop and wall temperatures. Finally, in order to compare the performance of the tree-like networks across various scales, the results were non-dimensionalized in the form of the Reynolds, Euler, and Nusselt numbers.

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