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Heat Pipes and Heat Rejection Component Testing at NASA Glenn Research CenterTitanium-water heat pipes are being evaluated for use in the heat rejection system for space fission power systems. The heat rejection syst em currently comprises heat pipes with a graphite saddle and a composite fin. The heat input is a pumped water loop from the cooling of the power conversion system. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been life testing titanium-water heat pipes as well as eval uating several heat pipe radiator designs. The testing includes thermal modeling and verification of model, material compatibility, frozen startup of heat pipe radiators, and simulating low-gravity environments. Future thermal testing of titanium-water heat pipes includes low-g ravity testing of thermosyphons, radiation testing of heat pipes and fin materials, water pump performance testing, as well as Small Busine ss Innovation Research funded deliverable prototype radiator panels.
Document ID
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Sanzi, James L.
(Sest, Inc. Middleburgh Heights, OH, United States)
Jaworske, Donald A.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
February 1, 2012
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion And Power
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS-2011)(Albuquerque, NM)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 463169.
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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