An Experimental Study on the Effects of Inserted Coil on Flow Patterns pd. Beat Transport Performances for a Horizontal Rotating Heat Pipe

  • Lee, Jin-Sung (School of Mechanical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan Univ.) ;
  • Kim, Chul-Ju (School of Mechanical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan Univ) ;
  • Kim, Bong-Hun (Department of Automotive & Industrial Engineering, Taegu Univ.)
  • Published : 2000.05.01


The effects of an inserted coil on flow . patterns and heat transfer performance for a horizontal rotating heat pipe have been studied experimentally. Especially, the present study is to see an internally inserted helical coil inside a RHP would lead to the same kind of results as internal fins. Visualization test conducted for an acryl tube, charged water with at a volumetric rate of 20%. When the flow kept pool regime at a low rpm(less than 1,000rpm), the movement of coil forced the water to flow in axial direction. But this pumping effect of coil disappeared, when the pool regime changed to annular one which could be created by increasing rpm. The pumping effects for RHP with an inserted coil resulted in the enhancement in both condensation heat transfer coefficient and heat transport limitation, as obtained in case of using internal fins. But all these effects became negligible in the range of higher rpm(above 1,000-1,200) with the transition of flow regime to annular flow.