The influence of horizontal longitudinal vibrations and the condensation section temperature on the heat transfer performance ofa heat pipe

Rong Horng Chen, Yung Jen Lin, Chi Ming Lai

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Abstract

This study is primarily focused on the influence of horizontal longitudinal vibrations and the condensation section temperature on the heat transfer performance of a grooved cylindrical copper heat pipe, with a length of 600mm and an outer diameter of 8mm. Longitudinal vibrations with frequencies of 3, 4, 5, 6, and 9Hz and amplitudes of 2.8, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25mm, which would give accelerations in the range of 0.1-1.01g, were experimentally tested. The condensation section temperature was set at 20, 30, or 40C. A heating jacket and a cooling sleeve were installed at the evaporation and condensation sections of the test cell to mimic a constant heat flux and a constant temperature boundary, respectively. When the heat pipe started to vibrate horizontally in the longitudinal direction, this vibration caused an increase in the heat transfer of the heat pipe that was directly proportional to the input vibration energy below 500mm 2 Hz 2. When the value of the vibration energy exceeded this value, the heat transfer enhancement per unit vibration energy decreased rapidly. Along with the decrease in the condensation section temperature, the average temperature of the heating section decreases. The influence of the condensation section temperature on the maximum heat transfer is much greater than that of the vibrations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-53
Number of pages9
JournalHeat Transfer Engineering
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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