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Volume 207, 2018International Conference on Metal Material Processes and Manufacturing (ICMMPM 2018)
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|Published online||18 September 2018|
Problems of sodium using in pulsating heat pipe made from fused silica
University of Žilina, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Power Engineering, Univerzitná 8215/1, 01026 Žilina, Slovakia
2 University of Žilina, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Material Engineering, Univerzitná 8215/1, 01026 Žilina, Slovakia
3 Research Centre of the University of Žilina, Univerzitná 8215/1, 01026 Žilina, Slovakia
4 Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland
a Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org,
You Heat pipe is a high efficiency heat transfer element, depends on the evaporation, condensation and circulation of inside working fluid. The working fluid of a high temperature pulsating heat pipe is generally alkali metals, and sodium heat pipe can operate in range of 500-1100°C. In order to investigate terminal velocity of working fluid, the glass pulsating heat pipe was produced for experimental purposes. The experiment was carried out, in order to simulate real operating conditions in range of 500-1100°C. Sudden boiling of liquid sodium (b.p. = 883°C at 1 atm) inside the all quartz-made heat pipe results in high-temperature reaction of sodium vapour with the inner wall surface. The reaction became more aggressive with increasing vapour temperature and resulted in heat pipe explosion. The evaluation of damage character is analysed in this paper.
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