Infrared measurements of fluid temperature in a polymeric Pulsating Heat Pipe

Luca Pagliarini, Francois Clemens, Fabio Bozzoli, Luca Cattani, Nicolas Miche, Marco Bernagozzi, Marco Marengo, Ali Ahmed Alqahtani, Volfango Bertola

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Pulsating heat pipes are two-phase passive heat transfer devices partially filled with a working fluid in saturation conditions. During operation, supplying heat to one end of the system (named evaporator) results in a local increase in temperature and pressure, which drives the fluid through a transport section (named adiabatic section) towards the cooled, opposite end (named condenser) for effective heat dissipation. The local thermo-fluid dynamic state of the working fluid is sometimes assessed by means of non-intrusive techniques, such as infrared thermography. In this case, the radiative properties of the systems in the infrared spectrum must be known a priori. Nevertheless, since pulsating heat pipes may be manufactured with different materials, wall thicknesses and channel geometries, the radiative properties of the walls and the confined flow are not always known or assessable by means of the available literature. Hence, the work proposes to design a straightforward calibration procedure for quantitative infrared fluid temperature measurements in a polymeric pulsating heat pipe charged with FC-72 and having unknown radiative properties. The emissivity and transmissivity of the walls and confined fluid are estimated with good accuracy. The results will allow repeatable and reliable fluid temperature measurements in future experimentations on the mentioned device.
Original languageEnglish
Article number012050
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2024


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