Atomic Energy Science and Technology ›› 2020, Vol. 54 ›› Issue (7): 1176-1184.DOI: 10.7538/yzk.2020.youxian.0028

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Research on Heat Pipe Technology and Performance Analysis Code

CHEN Qichang   

  1. Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research & Design Institute Co., Ltd., Shanghai 200233, China
  • Online:2020-07-20 Published:2020-07-20



  1. 上海核工程研究设计院有限公司,上海200233


As an efficient means for heat transfer, heat pipes have the characteristics of high reliability, low temperature difference and no need of external driving, so they have been widely studied and applied in aerospace, nuclear engineering and other fields. In order to apply this technology to the design and development of new type reactors, the theoretical method and performance analysis code of heat pipe were researched. The structure, working mechanism, type and performance characteristic of heat pipe were analyzed. The heat pipe theory and calculation models of heat transfer limits were studied. On this basis, the heat pipe performance analysis code HEPAC was developed, which had the ability to analyze the heat transfer characteristics and calculate the heat transfer limits for various types of heat pipes. The HEPAC code was tested and verified by comparing with the relevant experimental data. The code development provides an important tool for the design and analysis of various types of heat pipe reactors.

Key words: heat pipe, reactor, performance analysis, HEPAC code



关键词: 热管, 反应堆, 性能分析, HEPAC程序