Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 55, Issue 35, pp 4069–4073 | Cite as

Interface stability in a capillary loop undergoing phase changes in non-gravitational conditions

  • ZhengKai Tu
  • Wei LiuEmail author
  • ZhiChun Liu
  • XiaoMing Huang
Article Engineering Thermophysics


A mathematical model based on the Lucas-Washburn equation has been developed to address the relationships between capillary height, capillary radius and heat flux in a capillary loop. The stability criteria at the interface are studied in detail by introducing a small perturbation to the interfaces of the capillary loop. The formulae deduced as a consequence are used to analyze the influence of height of the capillary wick and the stability in a capillary loop undergoing phase changes.


capillary column phase change Lucas-Washburn equation stability k[non-gravitational condition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • ZhengKai Tu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wei Liu
    • 3
    Email author
  • ZhiChun Liu
    • 3
  • XiaoMing Huang
    • 3
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and ProgressingWuhan University of TechnologyWuhanChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Fuel Cell Technology of Hubei ProvinceWuhan University of TechnologyWuhanChina
  3. 3.College of Energy and Power EngineeringHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanChina

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