Microchannels and minichannels - History, terminology, classification and current research needs

Satish Kandlikar

Proceedings from the first international conference on microchannels and minichannels, April 24-25, 2003. The complete proceedings can be found at www.asme.org . Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.


Microchannels and Minichannels are found in many biological systems providing very high heat and mass transfer rates in organs such as the brain, lung, liver and kidney. Many high flux cooling applications are effectively utilizing their high heat transfer capabilities of these channels. A brief overview of the historical perspective and some of the issues that need to be addressed with microchannels and Minichannels are presented in this paper.