A Study on the Effects of Internal Heat Generation on the Thermal Performance of Solid and Porous Fins using Differential Transformation Method

M. G. Sobamowo (Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos State, Nigeria)
O. A. Adedibu (Department of System Engineering, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos State, Nigeria)
O. A. Adeleye (Department of Electrical Engineering, The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria)
A. O. Adesina (Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos State, Nigeria)


In this study, the impacts of internal heat generation on heat transfer enhancement of porous fin is theoretical investigated using differential transform method. The parametric studies reveal that porosity enhances the finheat dissipating capacity but the internal heat generation decreases the heatenhancement capacity of extended surface. Also, it is established that whenthe internal heat parameter increases to some certain values, some negativeeffects are recorded where the fin stores heat rather than dissipating it. Thisscenario defeats the prime purpose of the cooling fin. Additionally, it is established in the present study that the limiting value of porosity parameterfor thermal stability for the passive device increases as internal heat parameter increases. This shows that although the internal heat parameter canhelp assist higher range and value of thermal stability of the fin, it producesnegative effect which greatly defeats the ultimate purpose of the fin. Theresults in the work will help in fin design for industrial applications whereinternal heat generation is involved.


Thermal analysis ;Solid and porous fins ;Thermal performance;Temperature-dependent internal heat generation;Differential transformation method

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30564/ssid.v2i1.1888


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