Accession Number:

ADA390062

Title:

Thermal Management Research Studies. Volume 2: Experimental Investigation of Oscillating Heat Pipes for Actuator Cooling

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 20 Aug 1996-31 Dec 2000

Corporate Author:

UES INC DAYTON OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2001-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

42.0

Abstract:

Operation requirements of oscillating heat pipes OHPs were proposed. Based on the requirements, OHPs with acetone and nonflammable fluorocarbon fluids, FC-72 and FC-75, as the working fluid were developed. The OHPs had 40 tubing turns formed from a copper tubing with an inner diameter of 1.75 mm and a total length of 18.61 m. The OHPs were formed in the shape of a planer array that was 256-min wide and 446mm high. There were two condensers on both outer sides and one evaporator in the middle of the OHPs. Thermal performance tests were conducted at various operating temperatures and heat rates. The working fluid fill ratio was varied The OHPs with acetone and FC-72 exhibited their highest heat transport performance in excess of 2000 W without dryout. This is the first time that such a performance was demonstrated. The gravitational acceleration did not have noticeable influence on the performance of the OHPs. The thermal performances of the fluorocarbon OHPs were compared with the case of the acetone OHP.

Subject Categories:

  • Air Conditioning, Heating, Lighting and Ventilating
  • Thermodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE