DOI: https://doi.org/10.1115/gt2020-15332Jan 15, 2021Proceedings Paper

Numerical Analysis of the Phase-Change Heat Transfer Inside a Pulsating Heat Pipe With Overcritical Number of Turns

Jason Chetwynd-ChatwinAlberto Mucci

Abstract

The Pulsating Heat Pipe (PHP) is a promising device in the family of heat pipes. With no need for a wick, they exhibit a high heat transfer to weight ratio. Moreover, the wickless design removes limits commonly associated with conventional heat pipes, increasing the maximum power transfer per single heat pipe. These peculiarities make it an ideal candidate for many high power applications. Nonetheless, there is though only partial knowledge on the driving mechanism, which restricts prediction accuracy. Most Pulsating Heat Pipe studies rely on experiments to test configurations, while simulations usually depend on semi-empirical correlations or adaptations of reduced theoretical models. Experiments provide detailed data for a particular geometry in lab fixed conditions, but it offers limited flexibility to test alternative configurations. Semi-empirical models use previous experimental data to create non-dimensional formulations. Though approaching an increased set of conditions, correlations apply with reasonable accuracy only to a small range, outside of which the prediction ability progressively falls. High order numerical analysis such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling could potentially provide full visualizatio...Continue Reading

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