Faculty Advisor

Liang, Jianyu

Abstract

The trend of miniaturization in electronics has led to much greater heat densities within computer chips, demanding high performance heat sinks at smaller and smaller scales. A vertically aligned array of carbon nanotubes could function analogously to a conventional fin or pillar heat sink. Using a nano-porous aluminum oxide template, aligned carbon nanotubes were grown by chemical vapor deposition, and processing parameters were varied for comparison. By applying a constant heat input, the steady state temperature was measured for different surface morphologies, enabling insight into nano-scale convection properties.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2010

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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