Experimental study of hybrid loop heat pipe using pump assistance for high heat flux system

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Loop heat pipe is a promising thermal control system, the same as a heat pipe, to realize the efficient release of heat from electric appliances. It is suitable for applications in electronics that have higher power density. Meanwhile, the heat pipe loop (LHP) can also be considered for adoption in the manufacture of solar hot water systems, due to its unique features such as effective thermal conductance and flexible design embodiments. However, the start-up problem of the LHP and transport distance and higher heat release capacity is still existed influencing the operating stability of the device. Base on the problem, this study focuses to carry out work on the developing a novel LHP system in order to provide a robust solution for significant enhance the ability energy transfer. This novel LHP is a conventional LHP that was modified by adding a diaphragm pump to accelerate the fluid transportation (called as hybrid loop heat pipe, HLHP). The pump is installed on the liquid line complete with a reservoir. It will work passively using the wick capillary pressure when there is no sign the occurrence of dry-out. In another hand, the pump was only activated when the evaporator temperature tends increased extremely because of the failure of start-up. The experimental result showed that installed diaphragm pump in LHP modified system was able to prevent the occurrence of dry-out and significantly reduced the evaporator temperature. This study will contribute to energy savings and the utilization of renewable energy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012011
JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2018
Event2nd International Tropical Renewable Energy Conference, i-TREC 2017 - Bali, Indonesia
Duration: 3 Oct 20174 Oct 2017


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