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Heat Pipes - 6th Edition - ISBN: 9780080982663, 9780080982793

Heat Pipes

6th Edition

Theory, Design and Applications

Authors: David Reay Ryan McGlen Peter Kew
Hardcover ISBN: 9780080982663
eBook ISBN: 9780080982793
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 1st October 2013
Page Count: 288
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Heat Pipes, 6th Edition, takes a highly practical approach to the design and selection of heat pipes, making it an essential guide for practicing engineers and an ideal text for postgraduate students.

This new edition has been revised to include new information on the underlying theory of heat pipes and heat transfer, and features fully updated applications, new data sections, and updated chapters on design and electronics cooling. The book is a useful reference for those with experience and an accessible introduction for those approaching the topic for the first time.

Key Features

  • Contains all information required to design and manufacture a heat pipe
  • Suitable for use as a professional reference and graduate text
  • Revised with greater coverage of key electronic cooling applications


Professional engineers, secondary readership among postgraduate students and researchers; Thermal engineers; Key applications in aerospace, electronics/electronics packaging, building thermal management, materials processing, nuclear; thermo-electro-mechanical device, heat pipe, heat exchanger and thermosiphon designers and manufacturers; Mechanical, electrical and civil engineering students

Table of Contents


Preface to sixth edition

Preface to first edition




I.1 The heat pipe – construction, performance and properties

I.2 The development of the heat pipe

I.3 The contents of this book


Chapter 1. Historical development

1.1 The perkins tube

1.2 Patents

1.3 The baker’s oven

1.4 The heat pipe

1.5 Can heat pipes address our future thermal challenges?

1.6 Electrokinetics

1.7 Fluids and materials

1.8 The future?


Chapter 2. Heat transfer and fluid flow theory

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Operation of heat pipes

2.3 Theoretical background

2.4 Application of theory to heat pipes and thermosyphons

2.5 Nanofluids

2.6 Summary


Chapter 3. Heat pipe components and materials

3.1 The working fluid

3.2 The wick or capillary structure

3.3 Thermal resistance of saturated wicks

3.4 The container

3.5 Compatibility

3.6 How about water and aluminium?

3.7 Heat pipe start-up procedure


Chapter 4. Design guide

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Heat pipes

4.3 Design example 1

4.4 Design example 2

4.5 Thermosyphons

4.6 Summary


Chapter 5. Heat pipe manufacture and testing

5.1 Manufacture and assembly

5.2 Heat pipe life test procedures

5.3 Heat pipe performance measurements (see also section 5.1.12)


Chapter 6. Special types of heat pipe

6.1 Variable conductance heat pipes

6.2 Heat pipe thermal diodes and switches

6.3 Pulsating (Oscillating) heat pipes

6.4 Loop heat pipes and capillary pumped loops

6.5 Microheat Pipes

6.6 Use of electrokinetic forces

6.7 Rotating heat pipes

6.8 Miscellaneous types


Chapter 7. Applications of the heat pipe

7.1 Broad areas of application

7.2 Heat pipes in energy storage systems

7.3 Heat pipes in chemical reactors

7.4 Aircraft and spacecraft

7.5 Energy conservation and renewable energy

7.6 Preservation of permafrost

7.7 Snow melting and deicing

7.8 Heat pipes in the food industry

7.9 Miscellaneous heat pipe applications

7.10 Heat pipe applications – bibliography


Chapter 8. Cooling of electronic components

8.1 Features of the heat pipe

8.2 Applications

8.3 Emerging/Future heat pipe technologies


Appendix 1. Working fluid properties

Appendix 2. Thermal conductivity of heat pipe container and wick materials

Appendix 3. A selection of heat-pipe-related web sites

Appendix 4. Conversion factors



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About the Authors

David Reay

David Reay

David Reay manages David Reay & Associates, UK, is a Visiting Professor at Northumbria University, Researcher at Newcastle University, and Honorary Professor at Nottingham University, UK. His main research interests are compact heat exchangers, process intensification, and heat pumps. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Applied Thermal Engineering and Author/Co-author of eight other books, including the second edition of Process Intensification published in 2013.

Affiliations and Expertise

Manager, David Reay and Associates; Visiting Professor, Northumbria University; Researcher, Newcastle University; Honorary Professor at Nottingham University, UK

Ryan McGlen

Ryan McGlen is Senior Advanced Technologies Engineer at Thermacore Europe Ltd. where he leads research and development of future heat pipe technologies. Current research interests include novel heat pipe materials and working fluids combinations and additive layer manufacture of aluminium heat pipes with complex 3D Sintered Style wicks (SSHP).

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Advanced Technologies Engineer, Thermacore Europe, UK

Peter Kew

Peter Kew first became involved in heat pipes in the late 1970s as a research officer with International Research and Development working on a range of heat transfer and energy conservation projects, including heat pipe development which was then led by David Reay. He has maintained this interest for over 20 years as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at Heriot-Watt University researching evaporative heat transfer. Currently Dr Kew is Associate Head of the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University responsible for the School’s activities on the Dubai Campus of the University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer, Heriot-Watt University, UK, and Associate Head, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Dubai campus


"Overall…an excellent book that covers the subject in great depth for the benefit of heat pipe designers and users…Engineers will no doubt continue to stretch the boundaries of heat pipe technology, and this book would be a valuable addition to the technical library of any engineer working with heat pipes.", June, 2014

"…outlines the theory, design, and applications of heat pipes, including their historical development, heat transfer and fluid flow theory relevant to the operation of the classical wicked heat pipe, analytical techniques, components and materials and compatibility data, and testing…This edition has been revised to integrate new information on the underlying theory of heat pipes and heat transfer and has new data on thermosyphons, applications, and manufacturing methods.", February 2014

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