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Variable conductance heat pipes

Project coordinator(s)

Dr. Tony Robinson (PI)
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Tel: +353 1 896 3919

Dr Garret O'Donnell
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Dr. Hussam Jouhara

Post-graduate Staff

Mr. Kevin Kerrigan
Ms. Rachel O'Connor


Heat Pipes (HP) are efficient, low cost and simple phase change heat transfer devices. Recently they have been implemented in many commercial applications to transfer heat from a centralized source and disperse it for cooling and heating applications alike. In addition to the advantages of the HP, the Variable Conductance Heat Pipe (VCHP) incorporates a non-condensable gas into the pipe to control the amount of heat that can be transferred through it or to control the temperature of the heat source.

Variable conductance heat pipes

Funding Body

Enterprise Ireland (Commercialisation Fund for Technology Development)