SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Heat Pipe (en anglais)

Article by Irfan Zardadkhan, PhD, CSWE updated March 24, 2015


A heat pipe is an extremely efficient device for transferring heat from its hotter surface to its colder surface due to evaporating a liquid and condensing its vapor in this device’s inner hollow.

In Flow Simulation a Heat Pipe is modeled simplistically as an extremely heat-conducting body with a low (or null) thermal resistance. It avoids the need to model the complex two-phase physics happening within the device. The solid body for the pipe should not be hollow. It is internally modeled as a regular solid material with thermal conductivity that corresponds to the geometry and typed in Effective Thermal Resistance.

To define a heat pipe:

  1. Select ONE component
  2. Specify the heat flux direct, i.e. Heat In and Heat Out faces
  3. Enter the heat pipe’s equivalent Effective Thermal Resistance
Heat Pipe Definition

Heat Pipe Definition

NOTE: This feature is available in the SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Electronics Cooling Module

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Irfan Zardadkhan, PhD, CSWE

Irfan est titulaire d'un doctorat en ingénierie aérospatiale et est AE Elite. Il contribue régulièrement aux blogs techniques SIMULATION et COMPOSER. Il a remporté le prix TenLinks Top blogger pour SOLIDWORKS. Il a fait des présentations à des groupes d'utilisateurs locaux et au salon SOLIDWORKS World.