A one-dimensional analysis of a compressible vapor flowing within the evaporator section of a heat pipe is presented. Comparisons between the theoretical results and existing heat pipe data show that the presence of gasdynamic choking can limit the heat transfer capacity of a heat pipe operating at sufficiently low vapor pressures.
Theoretical Investigation of Heat Pipes Operating at Low Vapor Pressures
E. K. Levy
Mechanical Engineering Department, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.
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Levy, E. K. (November 1, 1968). "Theoretical Investigation of Heat Pipes Operating at Low Vapor Pressures." ASME. J. Eng. Ind. November 1968; 90(4): 547–552. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.3604687
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