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Advanced Capillary Structures for High Performance Heat Pipes

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P. Stephan, C. Brandt

Darmstadt University of Technology, Darmstadt, Germany

Paper No. ICMM2003-1008, pp. 69-75; 7 pages
  • ASME 2003 1st International Conference on Microchannels and Minichannels
  • 1st International Conference on Microchannels and Minichannels
  • Rochester, New York, USA, April 24–25, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3667-3
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


High performance heat pipes are widely used for thermal control of electronic devices. Concerning heat transport limitations typical wick or capillary structures show advantages in some aspects and disadvantages in others. An advanced capillary structure was developed with high thermal effectiveness, low axial pressure drop, high capillary pressure, and a high boiling limit. It combines open minichannels with open microchannels that are manufactured perpendicular on top of the minichannels. The heat transfer coefficient in the evaporator zone which is a characteristic value for the thermal effectiveness was up to 3.3 times higher compared to a similar structure without microchannels. A model that combines micro- and macroscopic phenomena was developed. It predicts the heat transfer coefficient with quite good accuracy as long as the microchannels are not smaller than about 300μm.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME
Topics: Heat pipes



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