Three-dimensional transient mathematical model to predict the heat transfer rate of a heat pipe

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  • S. Boothaisong
  • S. Rittidech
  • T. Chompookham
  • M. Thongmoon

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A three-dimensional model was developed to simulate the heat transfer rate on a heat pipe in a transient condition. This article presents the details of a calculation domain consisting of a wall, a wick, and a vapor core. The governing equation based on the shape of the pipe was numerically simulated using the finite element method. The developed three-dimensional model attempted to predict the transient temperature, the velocity, and the heat transfer rate profiles at any domain. The values obtained from the model calculation were then compared with the actual results from the experiments. The experiment showed that the time required to attain a steady state (where transient temperature is constant) was reasonably consistent with the model. The working fluid r134a (tetrafluoroethane) was the quickest to reach the steady state and transferred the greatest amount of heat.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalAdvances in Mechanical Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Heat pipe, transient condition, three-dimensional, working fluid, heat transfer

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