A one dimensional lumped parameter model has been developed within the general framework of the open source software Octave, in order to describe the physical behaviour of a Loop Heat Pipe. By means of the electro-thermal-hydraulic analogy, this model gives the values of temperature and pressure for every part of the device, in response to varying boundary conditions. Furthermore, a novel approach in describing the phase change at the condenser has been adopted, differentiating the vapour quality variation over time. The code is initially validated against both simulation and experimental data found in literature. Since the present work aims to produce a design tool for the automotive industry, a parametric analysis on the geometrical characteristics of a Loop Heat Pipe is then performed, identifying and quantifying the most influential design parameters.
|Title of host publication||15th UK Heat Transfer Conference 2017|
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 4 Sep 2017|
|Event||Proceedings of the 15th UK Heat Transfer Conference, UKHTC2017 - Brunel University London, 4-5 September 2017|
Duration: 4 Sep 2017 → …
|Conference||Proceedings of the 15th UK Heat Transfer Conference, UKHTC2017|
|Period||4/09/17 → …|