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Study of flow characteristics of an oscillating heat pipe


Ling, YZ and Zhang, XS and Wang, X, Study of flow characteristics of an oscillating heat pipe, Applied Thermal Engineering, 160 Article 113995. ISSN 1359-4311 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2019.113995


The objective of this work is to study the heat transfer characteristics and predict the flow pattern of an oscillating heat pipe (OHP). In the present study, two-dimensional OHP and three-dimensional OHP were designed and the temperature oscillations of the OHPs were experimentally studied for applications in electronics cooling conditions. The mathematical equation, obtained by analyzing the driving force acting on the system, is derived to evaluate the flow characteristics. The model include the dimensionless temperature and the flow factors. The dimensionless temperature is characterized by the vapor temperature, while the flow factors is described by the thermodynamic properties and transport properties. The mathematical model was modified to study the OHPs. The OHPs were studied using both experimental method and theoretical method. The comparison results suggested that three periods can be defined to study the flow regime.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:oscillating heat pipe, temperature oscillations, dimensionless temperature, flow factors, flow pattern
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Mechanical engineering
Research Field:Energy generation, conversion and storage (excl. chemical and electrical)
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Energy efficiency
Objective Field:Industrial energy efficiency
UTAS Author:Wang, X (Professor Xiaolin Wang)
ID Code:138077
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2020-03-24
Last Modified:2020-04-20

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