- Poulikakos, D. and Bejan, A., Fin geometry for minimum entropy generation in forced convection,
Trans. ASME, J. Heat Transf. (USA), vol. 104 no. 4
pp. 616 - 23 .
(last updated on 2007/04/08)
Establishes a theoretical framework for the minimization of entropy generation (the waste of exergy, or useful energy) in extended surfaces (fins). The entropy generation rate formula for a general fin is derived first. Based on this general result, analytical methods and graphic results are developed for selecting the optimum dimensions of pin fins, rectangular plate fins, plate fins with trapezoidal cross section, and triangular plate fins with rectangular cross section