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Advanced Capillary Structures for High Performance Heat Pipes

Stephan, Peter and Brandt, C. (2004):
Advanced Capillary Structures for High Performance Heat Pipes.
In: Heat Transfer Engineering, 25 (3), pp. 78-85. ISSN 0145-7632,
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Abstract

High performance heat pipes are widely used for the thermal control of electronic devices. Concerning heat transport limitations, typical wick or capillary structures show advantages in some aspects and disadvantages in others. An advanced capillary structure was developed with high thermal effectiveness, low axial pressure drop, high capillary pressure, and a high boiling limit. It combines open minichannels with open microchannels that are manufactured perpendicular on top of the minichannels. The heat transfer coefficient in the evaporator zone, which is a characteristic value for the thermal effectiveness, was up to 3.3 times higher compared to a similar structure without microchannels. A model that combines micro- and macroscopic phenomena was developed. It predicts the heat transfer coefficient with quite good accuracy as long as the microchannels are at least 300 \textgreekmm.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2004
Creators: Stephan, Peter and Brandt, C.
Title: Advanced Capillary Structures for High Performance Heat Pipes
Language: English
Abstract:

High performance heat pipes are widely used for the thermal control of electronic devices. Concerning heat transport limitations, typical wick or capillary structures show advantages in some aspects and disadvantages in others. An advanced capillary structure was developed with high thermal effectiveness, low axial pressure drop, high capillary pressure, and a high boiling limit. It combines open minichannels with open microchannels that are manufactured perpendicular on top of the minichannels. The heat transfer coefficient in the evaporator zone, which is a characteristic value for the thermal effectiveness, was up to 3.3 times higher compared to a similar structure without microchannels. A model that combines micro- and macroscopic phenomena was developed. It predicts the heat transfer coefficient with quite good accuracy as long as the microchannels are at least 300 \textgreekmm.

Journal or Publication Title: Heat Transfer Engineering
Journal volume: 25
Number: 3
Divisions: 16 Department of Mechanical Engineering
16 Department of Mechanical Engineering > Institute for Technical Thermodynamics (TTD)
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2015 16:57
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01457630490280407
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