An investigation of oscillation motions in a pulsating heat pipe

H. B. Ma*, M. A. Hanlon, Chung-Lung Chen

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A mathematical model for predicting the oscillating motion in a pulsating heat pipe is presented. The model considers the thermal energy from the temperature difference between the evaporator and condenser as the driving force for the oscillating motion, which will overcome both the frictional force and the force due to the deformation of compressible bubbles. The results show that the oscillating motion depends on the temperature difference between the condensing section and evaporating section, the working fluid, the operating temperature, the dimensions, and the filled liquid ratio. The results of this investigation will assist in the development of miniature pulsating heat pipes capable of operating at increased power levels.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2001 National Heat Transfer Conference Volume 2
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2001
Event2001 National Heat Transfer Conference (NHTC2001) - Ananheim, CA, United States
Duration: 10 Jun 200112 Jun 2001

Publication series

NameProceedings of the National Heat Transfer Conference


Conference2001 National Heat Transfer Conference (NHTC2001)
CountryUnited States
CityAnanheim, CA

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