Among the many applications for which passive cooling is the optimal thermal management solution, pipe-based heat exchangers are often the preferable option for several different reasons. In addition to their ability to efficiently transfer large amounts of waste heat, heat pipes can also be custom-designed to fit virtually any application’s unique needs. From high-quality performance to the minimizing of space and energy requirements, the versatility of heat pipes have made them ideal for an increasingly wider variety of applications across multiple high-demand industries.
How heat pipes transfer heat
As advanced custom thermal solutions, heat pipes utilize a two-phase heat transfer process that involves utilizing a cooling fluid’s latent heat of vaporization. The liquid-to-vapor phase change that occurs as the fluid absorbs waste heat makes it less dense, allowing it to be transferred to a cooler area where it can safely release the heat. This release triggers a vapor-to-liquid phase change, during which the fluid regains its density. To facilitate the eco-friendly, phase-change heat transfer process, heat pipes are lined with absorbent capillary wicking material to ensure the moisture is evenly and consistently spread throughout the heat pipe’s surface.
Thermal management benefits
Utilizing phase-change heat transfer processes and ensuring even and consistent heat absorption give heat pipes several advantages, especially in applications that require high levels of waste heat management. For example, phase-change heat transfer requires minimal amounts of energy to facilitate compared to other electrical cooling methods. As a company’s electrical thermal management needs become more involved, the versatility and adaptability of heat pipe assemblies make them even more beneficial at controlling overall costs. The assemblies can also be custom-designed to bend and curve as needed without losing any of their performance capabilities.
Utilizing heat pipe assemblies
As companies in all industries continue implementing more powerful and advanced technologies, heat pipes continue to meet their more demanding thermal management needs. That includes the high-performance needs of advanced manufacturing technology, the low-maintenance demands of automated systems, and the reliable, eco-friendly solutions needed for high-powered computer processing and electronic applications. For innovative systems with unique thermal management requirements, or applications designed to operate under extreme conditions (such as aerospace and military technologies), customized heat pipe assemblies can often be the most efficient and effective solutions.
For more information about transferring heat with advanced heat pipe assemblies, call Noren Thermal Solutions in Taylor, TX, at 866-936-6736.