Advanced Measurement and Visualization Techniques for High-Temperature Heat Pipe Experiments Report uri icon


  • This report conducts a preliminary investigation of the available literature and summarizes some potential advanced measurement and visualization techniques for operating high-temperature heat pipe (HP) that can be implemented to support the United States (U.S.) Department of Energy (DOE) Microreactor Program (MRP). The primary objective for the extensive literature research is to investigate the possibilities and feasibility for the design and construction of an advanced experimental test facility with the aim of producing high-fidelity high-resolution heat pipe data during its operation. Based on the existing HP test facilities at Idaho National Laboratory (INL)including the Single Primary Heat Extraction and Removal Emulator (SPHERE) and the Microreactor Agile Non-Nuclear Experimental Test Bed (MAGNET)further efforts will be made to examine the technical feasibility to HP measurements and support the research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) process for an HP-cooled microreactor. Continuing collaborations with the Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) program, other research institutes and universities are considered to be extremely important so that the experimental facility and resultant database can satisfy the validation needs of advanced heat pipe modeling codes being developed under DOE NEAMS program.

author list (cited authors)

  • Qin, S., Nunez, III, L., Sellers, Z., Hartvigsen, J., Sabharwall, P., Thompson, S., ... Bardet, P.

complete list of authors

  • Qin, Sunming||Nunez, III, Luis||Sellers, Zachary||Hartvigsen, Jeremy||Sabharwall, Piyush||Thompson, Scott||Reid, Robert||Petrov, Victor||Seo, Joseph||Hassan, Yassin||Bardet, Philippe

publication date

  • July 2022