International Journal of
Physical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Phys. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-1950
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPS
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2539

Full Length Research Paper

Enhancement of natural convection heat transfer from a fin by rectangular perforations with aspect ratio of two

Abdullah H. AlEssa1*, Ayman M. Maqableh2 and Shatha Ammourah3
1,2Al-Huson University College, Al-Balqa Applied University, P.O. Box 50, Huson, 21510, Jordan. 3Mechanical Engineering Department, Philadelphia University, Amman 19392 Jordan.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 21 August 2009
  •  Published: 31 October 2009


In this study, the enhancement of natural convection heat transfer from a horizontal rectangular fin embedded with rectangular perforations of aspect ratio of two has been examined using finite element technique. The results for perforated fin have been compared with its equivalent solid one. A parametric study for geometrical dimensions and thermal properties of the fin and the perforations was carried out. The study investigated the gain in fin area and of heat transfer coefficients due to perforations. It was found that, for certain range of rectangular dimension and spaces between perforations, there is an augmentation in heat dissipation and a reduction in weight over that of the equivalent solid one. Also, the heat transfer enhancement of the perforated fin increases as the fin thickness and thermal conductivity increase.


Key words: Finite element, perforated fin, heat dissipation, heat transfer augmentation, natural convection, rectangular perforations.