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Distribution of Working Fluid Phases in a Heat Pipe

Laux, Kevin (2016) Distribution of Working Fluid Phases in a Heat Pipe. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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A unique experimental setup was designed with the aim of visualizing the behavior of working fluid phases, in an environment similar to a micro heat pipe. During experiment, deionized water and isopropyl alcohol, at varying fill ratios, were used as working fluids and video and temperature data were recorded over a range of input powers from 0 to 5 Watts. The effects of working fluid material properties and heat pipe fill ratio on thermal performance and phase distribution were investigated. An attempt was made to connect qualitative impressions from video images and with quantitative data collected through temperature measurement.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Laux, Kevinkcl16@pitt.eduKCL16
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairSchaefer,
Committee MemberLee, Sangyeopsylee@pitt.eduSYLEE
Committee MemberCho, Sung Kwonskcho@pitt.eduSKCHO
Date: 25 January 2016
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 20 November 2015
Approval Date: 25 January 2016
Submission Date: 30 November 2015
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 83
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Swanson School of Engineering > Mechanical Engineering
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Heat pipe; Working fluid; Fill ratio; Visulatization
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2016 16:53
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:31


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