# Thermal Effect of Cylindrical Heat Sink on Heat Management in LED Applications

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## Abstract

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## 1. Introduction

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## 2. Materials and Methods

#### 2.1. Description of Model

#### 2.2. Materials

#### 2.3. Load and Boundary Conditions

^{2}K) was applied to the surface of the heat sink. The power supplied through the LED chip is as follows: 4.55 W, 9.7 W, 15.03 W, 20.6 W, and 25.75 W, respectively. The simulation time was set at 3600 s (this time is enough for the heat sink to reach steady state temperature), whilst the simulation step increase was determined automatically by the ANSYS simulation machine after the initial start time, number of steps, and end time were specified. In fact, ANSYS Workbench has the capacity to determine the solver steps to ensure the solution converges. However, if the solution does not converge within the specified conditions, it will flag the results obtained to be checked and settings updated.

#### Governing Equation

## 3. Results and Discussion

#### 3.1. Mesh Dependency Study

#### 3.2. Effect of Power on Heat Sink Temperature

#### 3.3. Effect of Thermal Resistance on the Cylindrical Heat Sink

#### 3.4. Thermal Efficiency Analysis

_{f}, the convection coefficient of the cylindrical heat sink fins; ${L}_{f}$ denotes the height of the cylindrical heat sink fin and ${t}_{f}$, the thickness of the cylindrical heat sink fin. In Figure 11, the thermal efficiency at different thicknesses for different power inputs is shown to follow a similar pattern (increasing with power). It is observed that the thermal efficiency increased with the increased power input for the different cylindrical heat sink fin thicknesses. This is valid since the power inputs had no effect on the thermal resistance of the heat sink. This meant that as the power is increased, the heat transfer rate is increased, thereby increasing the thermal efficiency. The thermal efficiency is a factor of how fast heat is removed from the system to the environment. Therefore, a high heat transfer rate will improve the system, whilst a slow heat transfer rate could lead to heat retention and the possible failure of the system. As shown in Figure 12, the comparison between the calculated and simulated thermal efficiencies at a power rating of 25.75 W is presented. The calculated and simulated thermal efficiencies were observed to increase with increased cylindrical heat sink fin thickness (this is a function of the volume). According to Wakefield-Vette [24], the efficiency of fins will increase when the fin thickness increases; this is observed in Figure 11 and Figure 12. At 6 mm, 5 mm, 4 mm, 3 mm, and 2 mm thickness, the calculated thermal efficiency was higher than the simulated thermal efficiency with 15.67%, 14.20%, 12.27%, 8.58%, and 1.2%, respectively. Therefore, the accuracy between the calculated and simulated thermal efficiency ranges from 84.33% to 98.80%. It could be contingent that an increase in the cylindrical heat sink thickness may cause the calculated thermal efficiency to further drift away from the simulated thermal efficiency.

## 4. Conclusions

## Author Contributions

## Funding

## Data Availability Statement

## Acknowledgments

## Conflicts of Interest

## Nomenclature

C_{p} | constant pressure specific heat [J/(kg.°C)] |

g | gravitational acceleration [m/s^{2}] |

h_{f} | the convection coefficient |

k | thermal conductivity [W/(m.°C)] |

L_{f} | the height of fin [m] |

M | mass [kg] |

n | number of fins |

p | pressure [Pa] |

Q | heat flow/power [W] |

R | thermal resistance [°C/W] |

t_{f} | the thickness of fin |

T | temperature [°C] |

T_{∞} | the ambient temperature |

u, v, w | Cartesian velocity components [m/s] |

x, y, z | Cartesian coordinates [m] |

V | the volume [m^{3}] |

Greek symbols | |

α | thermal diffusivity [m^{2}/s] |

β | coefficient of thermal expansion [1/K] |

ρ | density [kg/m^{3}] |

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**Figure 2.**(

**a**) Mesh dependency study of the present model. (

**b**) Meshed with 108,813 nodes and 27,313 elements.

**Figure 3.**Temperature contour plot at 4.55 W: (

**a**) Isometric view of the heat sink, (

**b**) Back view of the heat sink, and (

**c**) Front view of the heat sink.

Material | Density (kg/m^{3}) | Thermal Conductivity (W/mK) | Specific Heat (J/kgK) |
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Aluminium | 2689 | 237.5 | 951 |

Silicon | 2330 | 148 | 712 |

SAC 405 | 7440 | 62 | 236 |

Heat Sink Fin Thickness (mm) | Number of Fins | Density (kg/m^{3}) | Volume of Heat Sink (mm^{3}) | Mass of Heat Sink (g) |
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2 | 8 | 2689 | 22,301.69 | 59.97 |

3 | 7 | 2689 | 25,117.48 | 67.54 |

4 | 6 | 2689 | 27,202.69 | 73.15 |

5 | 5 | 2689 | 28,698.9 | 77.17 |

6 | 5 | 2689 | 30,171.46 | 81.13 |

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