HEAT PIPE APPLICATION FOR SPACECRAFT THERMAL CONTROL
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV LAUREL MD APPLIED PHYSICS LAB
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A heat pipe is a device which exhibits an extremely high effective thermal conductivity by means of two-phase fluid flow with capillary circulation. The primary objective of the experimental program was to determine a suitable method of control for the heat pipe and to establish suitable wick fluid configurations for the various temperature ranges of interest. The primary objective of the prototype program was to provide design, construction, testing for verification, and flight hardware specifications of a heat pipe applicable to thermal control of a spacecraft or a spacecraft subsystem. Thus, a thermal design improvement for spacecraft could be proposed in addition, thermal resistances of heat pipes could be derived.
- Pumps, Filters, Pipes, Tubing, Fittings and Valves
- Unmanned Spacecraft