Heat Pipe Manufacturing
In this chapter, heat pipe manufacturing methods are examined with the goal of establishing cost-effective procedures that will ultimately result in cheaper and more reliable heat pipes. Those methods which are commonly used by all heat pipe manufacturers have been considered, including envelope and wick cleaning, end closure and welding, mechanical verification, evacuation and charging, working fluid purity, and charge tube pinch-off. Review and evaluation of available manufacturer’s techniques and procedures together with the results of specific manufacturing-oriented tests have yielded a set of recommended cost-effective specifications which can be used by all manufacturers.
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