|کد مقاله||کد نشریه||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||نسخه تمام متن|
|651003||1457398||2016||6 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||دانلود رایگان|
• A graphene coating has been bonded to a sintered metal wick for loop heat pipe.
• The graphene coating improves the wicking height of at least 3.5 times.
• The findings opens up applications that were not accessible to loop heat pipe.
We describe a novel application of graphene-based materials to enhance heat transport in sintered metal wicks, which are the core components for Loop Heat Pipe (LHP) evaporators. Standard metal wicks limit the applicability of LHP to about 8–10 m of transport length and around few meters of gravitational head. This is due to the typical average pore size (about 1 μm) in the sintered metal wicks made of nickel or titanium, which are the most commonly used materials. The idea of the present work is to bond a layer of graphene on top of the wick facing the vapor side of the LHP evaporator. The much smaller pore sizes of graphene (around tens of nanometers) would produce a significant increase in capillary force, while at the same time minimising the pressure drop due to its microscopic thickness (few microns). The wicking height (i.e., capillary rise of a liquid inside a pore) measurements demonstrate that there is an improvement of at least more than 3.5 times when the graphene coating is used, compared to the standard nickel sintered powder wick. This means that the heat transfer of a graphene LHP could work in a spatial range in excess of 28–35 m, which would allow breakthrough applications such as anti-icing of aircraft wings and propellers, as well as wind turbines that cannot be addressed by standard LHP technology.
Journal: Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science - Volume 78, November 2016, Pages 147–152