Numerical and Analytical Solutions for Two-Dimensional Gas Distribution in Gas-Loaded Heat Pipes

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P. F. Peterson, C. L. Tien

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720

J. Heat Transfer 111(3), 598-604 (Aug 01, 1989) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3250724 History: Received January 29, 1988; Online October 20, 2009


This work presents a two-dimensional axisymmetric diffusion model for the non-condensable gas distribution in gas-loaded heat pipes and thermosyphons. The new model, based on an integral analysis, has major advantages over existing, computationally time consuming, two-dimensional models. It has equal accuracy while using only the computational effort required for the cruder one-dimensional model, and also includes the effects of wall conduction and spatial variation of the condenser heat transfer coefficient. To simplify design calculations further an analytic two-dimensional solution is established, which gives excellent results over a wide range of parameters.

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