Steady and transient behavior of a double-condenser design LHP for MAXI

Hiroki Nagai, Miki Muto, Masahide Murakami, Shiro Ueno, Masaru Matsuoka

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A loop heat pipe (LHP) is used as the heat transport device to reject heat from the Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image (MAXI). Since this LHP was designed exclusively for the MAXI system, it is different from conventional LHPs in configuration, a double-condenser design. We experimentally investigated the effects of the particular design of this LHP on the heat transfer performance by using the LHP Ground Test Unit (GTU) on the ground. The steady heating experiment was carried out to investigate the steady state performance of LHP. When the two condensers were cooled at different temperatures under a steady heating condition, a quasi-periodic temperature oscillation was observed in the evaporator and accumulator area. We experimentally investigated the cause and mechanism of the temperature oscillation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication36th AIAA Thermophysics Conference
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
Event36th AIAA Thermophysics Conference 2003 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 2003 Jun 232003 Jun 26

Publication series

Name36th AIAA Thermophysics Conference


Other36th AIAA Thermophysics Conference 2003
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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