A pulsating heat pipe (PHP) is a passive device with a good heat transport capability compared to other heat pipes. This paper describes an experimental investigation of a PHP with a serpentine channel fabricated by using a 3-D printer. The configuration of the flow channels in the PHP was close to that of commercially available PHPs made entirely of aluminum. To improve the heat transport capability and enable flow visualization, an aluminum plate was used on one side as the heat-transfer surface, on which transparent flow channels were fabricated by a 3-D printer and a polycarbonate filament. The interface between the aluminum plate and polycarbonate flow channel was cemented with a heat-resistant glue to ensure long term sealing. HFE-7000 was used as a working fluid. Oscillating two-phase flow in the PHP was observed with a high-speed digital video camera and transient surface temperatures at evaporator, insulator and condenser sections were measured by fine diameter thermocouples. The two-phase flow and thermal characteristics of the PHP at different heater power levels are presented.

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