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Journal of Enhanced Heat Transfer
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ISSN Print: 1065-5131
ISSN Online: 1563-5074

Journal of Enhanced Heat Transfer

DOI: 10.1615/JEnhHeatTransf.2012001896
pages 213-231

RECENT ADVANCES IN PULSATING HEAT PIPES AND ITS DERIVATIVES

Lan Xiao
Key Laboratory of Low-grade Energy Utilization Technologies and Systems, Ministry of Education, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044, China; College of Power Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044, China
Yiding Cao
Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, Florida 33174

ABSTRACT

The pulsating/oscillating heat pipe (PHP/OHP) is a relatively new, efficient, two-phase heat-transfer device, which has attracted considerable interest due to its unique features in comparison with other types of heat pipes. In this paper, the most recent experimental and theoretical research work on the PHP and its derivatives is discussed and summarized. Many important features, parameters, significant conclusions, and comments of the subjects are presented in a tabular form. The effects of the main parameters on the thermal performance of the PHP and its derivatives are analyzed in depth. Although a complete theoretical understanding of the operational characteristics of the PHP is not yet achieved, there are many emerging niche applications of the PHP which are thoroughly reviewed. Finally, some directions and suggestions for PHP development in the future are given.


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