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Thermal Management of a Heat-Pipe Drill: A FEM Analysis

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Tien-Chien Jen, Rajendra Jadhav

University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Paper No. HT2003-47145, pp. 95-102; 8 pages
  • ASME 2003 Heat Transfer Summer Conference
  • Heat Transfer: Volume 3
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 21–23, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3695-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-3679-7
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


Thermal management using heat pipes is gaining significant attention in past decades. This is because of the fact that it can be used as an effective heat sink in very intricate and space constrained applications such as in electronics cooling or turbine blade cooling where high heat fluxes are involved. Extensive research has been done in exploring various possible applications for the use of heat pipes as well as understanding and modeling the behavior of heat pipe under those applications. One of the possible applications of heat pipe technology is in machining operations, which involves a very high heat flux being generated during the chip generation process. Present study focuses on the thermal management of using a heat pipe in a drill for a drilling process. To check the feasibility and effectiveness of the heat pipe drill, structural and thermal analyses are performed using Finite Element Analysis. Finite Element Software ANSYS was used for this purpose. It is important for any conceptual design to be made practical and hence a parametric study was carried out to determine the optimum geometry size for the heat pipe for a specific standard drill.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME



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