Comparison between oxide-reduced and water-atomized copper powders used in making sintered wicks of heat pipe
Liu-Ho Chiua, Chang-Hui Wua, Pee-Yew Leeb a Department of Materials Engineering, Tatung University, Taipei 10451, Taiwan, China b Institute of Materials Engineering, Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung, Taiwan, China
Oxide-reduced copper powder can be produced efficiently at low cost. The volume shrinkage, porosity, maximum pore size, permeability and thermal conductivity of wicks sintered from two oxide-reduced (OR) powders were compared with one from water-atomized (WA) powder. The green specimens were sintered at temperatures from 800 to 1000 ?C in a tube furnace under a reduction stream of 10% hydrogen and 90% argon. The results show that the property variations of OR ? 100 and WA wicks due to porosity changes have a similar tendency and range. Nine hundred degree celsius is a recommended sintering temperature for producing ideal wicks for use in heat pipes. A smaller maximum pore size can be obtained by increasing the green density.
【CateGory Index】： O611.3