Thermodynamics and Heat Sinks

How effective is a heat sink in reducing temperature from an exothermic chemical reaction? In many ways, the investigation was not only to test the effectiveness of heat sinks, but to learn more about heat sinks in general. The experiment was designed as a three factor DOE (Statistical Design of Experiment) in which the use of a heat sink, the type of reaction, and the initial temperature were variables. The results of the experiment did not support the hypothesis. The initial temperature had the greatest overall effect on temperature change, while the use of a heat sink had the lowest overall effect. The results support the fact that the heat sinks do affect change in temperature, but disprove the hypothesis that, in this experiment, they would have the greatest overall effect on change in temperature.

Research Done By:

Jeffrey Bonacci

Michael Fisher

Douglas Hall