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


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"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 4, 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