Two-Dimensional Rotating Heat Pipe Analysis

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C. Harley, A. Faghri

Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 45435

J. Heat Transfer 117(1), 202-208 (Feb 01, 1995) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2822304 History: Received November 01, 1993; Revised April 01, 1994; Online December 05, 2007


A detailed transient numerical simulation of rotating heat pipes is presented. This two-dimensional, axisymmetric formulation accounts for the thin liquid condensate film on the inner surface of the rotating pipe wall, the vapor flow in the vapor space, and the unsteady heat conduction in the pipe wall. The thin liquid film is coupled to the vapor velocity at the liquid–vapor interface, and the effects of the vapor pressure drop and the interfacial shear stress are included in the Nusselt-type condensation analysis.

Copyright © 1995 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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