Numerical study of a novel Single-loop pulsating heat pipe with separating walls within the flow channel

Zhanxiao Kang, Dahua Shou, Jintu Fan

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Pulsating heat pipe (PHP) has drawn much attention due to its simple structure and high thermal performance. In this study, we proposed a novel PHP with separating walls within the flow channel. This could change the flow pattern of the liquid and vapor plugs, resulting the enhancement of the heat pipe thermal performance. To uncover the effect of the separating wall, we built a 2D numerical model of a single loop pulsating heat pipe to study the heat transfer mechanism of the proposed novel PHP. The effects of the separating wall locations and the PHP filling ratios were investigated at the bottom heating conditions. The results showed that the novel PHP had the best thermal performance at the filling ratio of 70% in our study and the thermal performance could be enhanced by 14% compared to the classical PHP without the separating wall. Besides, the separating wall located at the inner side of the heat pipe channel performed best at the filling ratios of 30% and 50%, whereas the separating wall located at the middle of the flow channel had the highest equivalent thermal conductivity at the filling ratio of 70%.

Original languageEnglish
Article number117246
JournalApplied Thermal Engineering
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021


  • Fluid circulation
  • Heat and mass transfer
  • Pulsating heat pipe
  • Separating wall

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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