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Additive Manufacturing as a Solution to Challenges Associated with Heat Pipe Production

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The aim of this review is to present the recent developments in heat pipe production, which respond to the current technical problems related to the wide implementation of this technology. A novel approach in HP manufacturing is to utilise hi-tech additive manufacturing techniques where the most complicated geometries are fabricated layer-by-layer directly from a digital file. This technology might be a solution to various challenges that exist in HP production, i.e., (1) manufacturing of complex or unusual geometries HPs; (2) manufacturing complicated and efficient homogenous wick structures with desired porosity, uniform pore sizes, permeability, thickness and where the pores are evenly distributed; (3) manufacturing a gravity friendly wick structures; (4) high customisation and production time; (5) high costs; (6) difficulties in the integration of the HP into a unit chassis that enables direct thermal management of heated element and decrease its total thermal resistance; (7) high weight and material use of the part; (8) difficulties in sealing; (9) deformation of the flat shape HPs caused by the high pressure and uneven distribution of stress in the casing, among others.

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Category:
Articles
Type:
artykuły w czasopismach
Published in:
Materials no. 15,
ISSN: 1996-1944
Language:
English
Publication year:
2022
Bibliographic description:
Szymański P., Mikielewicz D.: Additive Manufacturing as a Solution to Challenges Associated with Heat Pipe Production// Materials -Vol. 1609,iss. 15 (2022),
DOI:
Digital Object Identifier (open in new tab) 10.3390/ma15041609
Sources of funding:
  • Działalność statusowa
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Gdańsk University of Technology

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