Performance characteristics of pulsating heat pipe with various non-uniform heating conditions

Wonhee Cho, Dong Soo Jang, Junyub Lim, Kyeongsoo Song, Yongchan Kim

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This paper presents heat transfer characteristics of a pulsating heat pipe under various non-uniform heating conditions. The evaporator section of the pulsating heat pipe is subjected to two individual heat sources, which can supply separate heat inputs. Non-uniformity in heat inputs is represented by the newly defined asymmetric heating ratio, which ranged from 0 to 0.2. The pulsating heat pipe utilizes HFE-7100 as the working fluid, and the filling ratio was fixed to 60%. The influence of asymmetric heating ratio on the thermal performance are analyzed with the measured pressure, the temperature difference between two parts of the evaporator section, and the thermal resistance at various heat inputs. The fluctuating frequencies of the measured pressure were examined to identify the type of internal flow motion. The results show that unbalanced heat input increases the driving force towards flow circulation, which lowers the thermal resistance and levels out the change in evaporator temperature difference, but leads to the early appearance of dry-out.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4789-4794
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Heat Transfer Conference
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event16th International Heat Transfer Conference, IHTC 2018 - Beijing, China
Duration: 2018 Aug 102018 Aug 15


  • Heat pipe
  • Heat transfer enhancement
  • Non-uniform heating conditions
  • Two-phase flow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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