Improvement of heat transfer characteristics of cylindrical heat pipe by using SiC nanofluids
2015 (English)In: Applied Thermal Engineering, ISSN 1359-4311, E-ISSN 1873-5606, Vol. 90, 127-135 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
An experimental study was performed to investigate the thermal performance of heat pipes using SiC/water nanofluid as the working fluid. Four cylindrical copper heat pipes containing two layers of screen mesh were fabricated and tested with water and water based SiC nanofluids with nanoparticle mass concentrations of 0.35%, 0.7% and 1.0% as working fluids. SiC nanofluids properties and characteristics are evaluated and its effects on thermal performance improvement of screen mesh heat pipes at different concentrations and inclination angles are investigated. Experimental results show that nanofluid improves the performance of the heat pipes and the thermal resistance of the heat pipe with SiC nanofluid decreases with increasing nanoparticle concentration. Thermal resistance reduction of heat pipes by 11%, 21% and 30% was observed with SiC nanofluids containing 0.35 wt.%, 0.7 wt.% and 1.0 wt.% SiC nanoparticles as compared with water. In addition, it is revealed that the inclination angle has remarkable influence on the thermal performance of the heat pipes and the lowest thermal resistance belongs to the inclination angle of 60 in all concentrations. The present investigation indicates that the maximum heat removal capacity of the heat pipe increases by 29% with SiC nanofluids at nanoparticle mass concentration of 1.0 wt.%.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 90, 127-135 p.
Heat pipe, Nanofluid, Thermal resistance, Inclination, Screen mesh
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-177937DOI: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2015.07.004ISI: 000364246500014ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84937441415OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-177937DiVA: diva2:876016
QC 201512022015-12-022015-11-302015-12-02Bibliographically approved