Loop heat pipes: a review of fundamentals, operation and design

Ambirajan, Amrit ; Adoni, Abhijit A. ; Vaidya, Jasvanth S. ; Rajendran, Anand A. ; Kumar, Dinesh ; Dutta, Pradip (2012) Loop heat pipes: a review of fundamentals, operation and design Heat Transfer Engineering, 33 (4-5). pp. 387-405. ISSN 0145-7632

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The loop heat pipe (LHP) is a passive two-phase heat transport device that is gaining importance as a part of spacecraft thermal control systems and also in applications such as in avionics cooling and submarines. A major advantage of a loop heat pipe is that the porous wick structure is confuned to the evaporator section, and connection between the evaporator and condenser sections is by smooth tubes, thus minimizing pressure drop. A brief overview of loop heat pipes with respect to basic fundamentals, construction details, operating principles, and typical operating characteristics is presented in this paper. Finally, the paper presents the current developments in modeling of thermohydraulics and design methodologies of LHPs.

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