IntroductionHEAT PIPE CHARACTERISTICSThe Role of Capillarity in Heat TransportPressure and Temperature DistributionsHeat Transport LimitsHeat Pipe StartupReferencesHEAT PIPE TECHNOLOGYHeat Transport FluidsContainment and Wick MaterialsWick CharacteristicsHeat Pipe FabricationEnvironmental Influences on Heat Pipe OperationHeat Pipe SystemsReferencesFLUID FLOW IN A HEAT PIPEThe Nature of the Flow ProcessGeneral Pressure Drop FormulationFrictional Pressure Drop for Constant Surface Mass FluxFrictional Pressure Drop for Nonconstant Surface Mass FluxHydraulic DiameterFrictional Pressure Drop in a Porous Flow PassageFrictional Pressure Drop for Convective CoolingReferencesHEAT TRANSPORT LIMITSCapillary Pumping LimitSonic LimitEntrainment LimitBoiling LimitHeat Pipe Operational BoundariesComparison of Calculated and Experimental Heat Transport LimitsReferencesHEAT PIPE DESIGN: STEADY STATEDesign Criteria and ConstraintsHeat Pipe Area-Temperature RelationsHeat Pipe Internal DimensionsStructural ConsiderationsAdditional Design TopicsHeat Pipe ExchangeersReferencesHEAT PIPE DESIGN: TRANSIENT BEHAVIORHeat Pipe StartupFeatures of the Transient ModelTransient EquationsCalculational ProcedureAssessment of Heat Pipe StartupReferencesDESIGN EXAMPLESHeat Pipe Space RadiatorTransient Analysis of the Heat Pipe Space RadiatorReferencesAppendices
This book describes the characteristics of heat pipes under steady-state and transient operating conditions. It emphasizes the physical aspects of heat pipe behavior and develops design formulas on the basis of mathematical models and empirical observation. The author take a tutorial approach, presenting information on the application of heat pipe technology, design methods, and data to heat pipe cooling and heat exchange requirements. He provides the nonspecialist with sufficient understanding of heat pipe technology to appreciate and assess its application potential, while also meeting the needs of the experienced heat pipe designer and researcher.
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