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Topology Optimization of Conjugated Heat Transfer Devices : Experimental and Numerical investigation

Abstract : Designing thermal devices that are more compact with less mass, less frictional losses and increased thermal efficiency is a key requirement for enhanced performances at a lower cost. The present PhD thesis investigates the potential and validity of topology optimization numerical method as a viable CFD tool to generate optimal thermal designs as compared to conventional approaches like shape and parametric optimization. The first part of the thesis presents an experimental investigation of topology optimized tree-like structures made of two materials. The topolgy optimization mathematical problem is formulated and implemented in OpenFOAM®. It is applied to the topolgy optimization problem of volume-to-point heat removal. Experimental thermal measurements are carried out, on the optimal structures, using infrared thermography in order to quantify their heat transfer performances and thus validate the performances of the optimal structures determined by the developed topology optimization code. The second part of the thesis presents an innovative bi-objective optimization technique for topology optimization of Conjugate Heat Transfer (CHT) systems under laminar flow regimes. For that purpose, an inequality constrained bi-objective topology optimization problem is developed mathematically and implemented inside the Finite Volume based OpenFOAM® solver. The objective function is formulated by linear combination of two objective functions for pressure drop reduction and heat transfer enhancement which is numerically a very challenging task due to a competition between the two objectives (minimization of pressure drop and maximization of recoverable thermal power). Non-intuitive Pareto-optimal designs were obtained, analyzed, discussed and justified with the help of various global and local numerical analysis methods. Additionally, a recent Lattice Boltzmann topology optimization problem form the literature was solved using the developed OpenFOAM® solver. The objective, in addition to the comparison of the optimal solutions, is also to initiate a case of reference for future studies in this field of research and innovation so as to be able to fully compare the optimal solutions obtained by different and different methods. solvers. Finally, the various experimental and numerical findings highlighted and illustrated in this PhD thesis, demonstrate the importance of the methodology and immense potential behind topology optimization method for designing efficient industrial thermal systems.
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Vignaesh Subramaniam. Topology Optimization of Conjugated Heat Transfer Devices : Experimental and Numerical investigation. Mechanics []. Ecole nationale supérieure Mines-Télécom Lille Douai, 2018. English. ⟨NNT : 2018MTLD0013⟩. ⟨tel-02903518⟩



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