The feasibility of using multiport minichannel (MPMC) as thermosyphon for cooling miniaturized electronic products is experimentally investigated with acetone as the working fluid. A detailed analysis on thermal performance and entropy generation due to heat transfer and pressure drop with the effects of heat load (10-50 W), filling ratio (FR; 40%, 50%, and 60%), and inclination angle (45°, 60°, and 90°) has been carried out. The results showed a reduction of 22.2% and 9.31% in thermal resistance and evaporator wall temperature at optimum filling ratio (OFR) of 50%. Reduction in entropy generation due to heat transfer and pressure drop of 16.6% and 12.3%, respectively, was observed at OFR. Internal fins in MPMC increase the surface area and evaporation rate by enhancing heat transfer leading to a decrease in the rate of entropy generation. Multiport increases surface tension of condensate at right angles to the flow direction along with the effects of gravity and enhancing rate of condensation. A new correlation is developed to predict evaporator wall temperature as a function of heat load and FR. The proposed correlation agrees well with a deviation of ±20% with present experimental results and also with the published literature. Thus, the obtained results will be useful in cooling miniaturized electronic devices.
- second law of thermodynamics