A segmented single-artery heat pipe was studied. The work specifically focused on venting of the noncondensable gas-supported vapor blockage in the liquid artery. The successful operation of the heat pipe requires a careful sizing of the venting holes placed on the fine arterial mesh. The two important design parameters, namely, the venting hole diameter and the distance separating the holes, were analyzed by taking into account the required trade-offs. An arterial heat pipe satisfying the sizing criteria was tested at horizontal and adverse elevations at varying heat loads. The measured heat transfer limit and thermal resistance of the pipe demonstrated effectiveness of the design. The pipe performance continuously degraded at adverse elevations.

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Keywords Arterial heat pipes, Capillary limit, Heat pipes, Meniscus coalescence
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2015.11.065
Journal Applied Thermal Engineering
Siddiqui, A., & Kaya, T. (2016). Design and thermal analysis of a segmented single-artery heat pipe. Applied Thermal Engineering, 96, 652–658. doi:10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2015.11.065