Shimadzu Review Vol.75 [3・4] (2018) | Development of Advanced Core Technology


Development of Two-Phase Heat Transfer System for Aircraft

by Masayuki Yamamoto1, Yorikazu Shigesada1, Shunsuke Sekimoto1, Noriyuki Watanabe, Ph.D.2,
and Hosei Nagano, Ph.D.2
(Received January 11, 2019)


This article describes two developments for a two-phase heat transfer system for aircraft. This is an advanced cooling and heat transfer technology that can be used to design more compact systems than conventional liquid cooling systems. One of the developments is an active pump system using a small pump for circulating refrigerant. The other is a loop heat pipe that circulates refrigerant with no electrical power using the capillary force of a porous material. We designed prototype systems using R245fa as a working refrigerant and conducted tests in a laboratory environment, and achieved 20 kW stable heat transfer in the active pump system and 400 W stable heat transfer in the loop heat pipe. Currently, we are conducting additional tests under simulated aircraft equipment conditions using new refrigerants such as R1224yd(Z) and R1233zd(E). We plan to complete verification of system feasibility on the ground by the end of 2019.

Keywords: Heat transfer, Two-phase, Loop heat pipe, Liquid cooling

1Research & Development Department, Aircraft Equipment Division, Shimadzu Corporation, Kyoto, Japan

2Department of Mechanical System Engineering, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan

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