In this study, three copper-water rotating heat pipes having inner diameters of 1.5, 2, and 3 mm, respectively, are fabricated and tested. The effectiveness of the copper-water heat pipe is first validated by comparing its performance with that of a copper bar having the same inner and outer diameters. The heat pipes are then tested to prove their reliability, high effective thermal conductance, and critical working limitation. The experimental data shows that the critical limitation may be reached when the inner diameter of the heat pipe is below 1.5 mm under the condition of a low rotating speed. The tests of these water heat pipes could also explore potential applications of radially rotating heat pipes in disks/blades of a high-pressure compressor.

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