Investigation of several critical issues in screen mesh heat pipe manufacturing and operation
Engelhardt, Andreas (2010) Investigation of several critical issues in screen mesh heat pipe manufacturing and operation. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
The PhD thesis with the title “Investigation of several critical issues in screen mesh heat pipe manufacturing and operation” presented hereafter describes work carried out in four main areas. Initially the relevant literature is reviewed and presented, followed by the presentation of theoretical work regarding screen mesh heat pipe fill calculations, heat pipe processing and an investigation into the capillary or lifting height for screen mesh heat pipes. Further, the possibility of tailoring screen mesh heat pipes towards certain applications was investigated and it was found that further work is required in this area to allow a conclusive judgement whether a coarser or finer wick at the wall provides a distinguish advantage over two wraps of a medium coarse type. Within this approach a calculation method for the determination of the optimum working fluid fill of a screen mesh heat pipe based on geometrical parameters of the wick was developed and successfully implemented for the production of the later tested samples.
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