Heat pipe transient response approximation.
A simple and concise routine that approximates the response of an alkali metal heat pipe to changes in evaporator heat transfer rate is described. This analytically based routine is compared with data from a cylindrical heat pipe with a crescent-annular wick that undergoes gradual (quasi-steady) transitions through the viscous and condenser boundary heat transfer limits. The sonic heat transfer limit can also be incorporated into this routine for heat pipes with more closely coupled condensers. The advantages and obvious limitations of this approach are discussed. For reference, a source code listing for the approximation appears at the end of this paper.
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- Conference: Submitted to: Space Technology Applications International Forum, Albuquerque, NM, February 2002
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- 71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ALKALI METALS; APPROXIMATIONS; EVAPORATORS; HEAT PIPES; HEAT TRANSFER; TRANSIENTS
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