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An Introduction to Additive Manufactured Heat Pipe Technology
and Advanced Thermal Management Products

Overview

This paper introduces additive manufactured (AM) two-phase heat pipe technology and advanced thermal management technologies, presented as a Keynote Lecture at the 16th UK Heat Transfer Conference at the University of Nottingham. AM heat pipes have been developed utilising laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) techniques to form titanium heat pipe vessels with integrated miniaturised lattice capillary wick structures. AM heat pipe technology developed in an European Space Agency (ESA) and an Innovate UK project are presented including a titanium-ammonia space mini-heat pipe assembly and a titanium-water two-phase heat pipe vapour chamber.

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