Pulsating heat pipes (PHPs) have recently emerged as a possible cooling device for high heat flux electronics to replace conventional cooling devices. In this study, new experimental results were obtained for using self-rewetting fluids to enhance the heat transport of PHPs. Unlike other common liquids, the surface tension of self-rewetting fluids increases with temperature. The increase in surface tension at high temperatures causes the liquid to be drawn towards a heated surface if a dry spot appears, which improves boiling heat transfer. PHPs were constructed out of multiport extruded aluminum tubing with a square channel cross section. In experiments, heptanol was added to water at a concentration of less than 1 wt% to form the self-rewetting fluid. Several other parameters were adjusted for optimization, such as the aqueous alcohol solution concentration of the working fluid, the fluid fill ratio, and the heat pipe orientation. Using a self-rewetting fluid in PHPs was found to be highly effective in improving their heat transport capability. The PHPs delivered a better performance when oriented vertically rather than horizontally. As a working fluid, the heptanol water mixture outperformed both the butanol water mixture and pure water within the parameters of this experiment.

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