On a Heat Pipe using Liquid Mercury as Working Fluid

Tadashi Yamamoto, Katsuya Nagata, Masafumi Katsuta, Yoshio Ikeda

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The purpose of this study is to collect basic data required for the development of mercury heat pipes operating in the temperature range of 350°C to 600°C, which will be used in the industrial field. For this purpose, three kinds of mercury heat pipes were made of stainless steel tubing (SUS 316L) having 25 mm in diameter and 1 000 mm in length. As a result of these tests, it was concluded that the mercury heat pipe exhibits good performance except during start-up, but the material compatibility of the stainless steel tubing and mercury is not very good.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2904-2911
Number of pages8
JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, B Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part B
Issue number553
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • Effective Operational Temperature Range
  • Heat Flux
  • Heat Transfer Coefficient
  • Material Compatibility
  • Mercury Heat Pipe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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