Upgrading of the thermal performance of two-phase closed thermosyphon (TPCT) using fusel oil


HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER, vol.53, no.1, pp.141-149, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 53 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00231-016-1809-2
  • Title of Journal : HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER
  • Page Numbers: pp.141-149


This study investigates how fusel oil affect the thermal performance of a two-phase closed thermosyphon (TPCT) at various states of operation. The present study experimentally demonstrated the effect of using fusel oil comprised of various types of alcohols (1.1 % ethyl alcohol, 74.7 % amyl alcohol, 11.3 % isobutyl alcohol, 4.9 % butyl alcohol and 3.8 % propyl alcohol and 4 % water) in varying ratios on improving the performance of the TPCT. Fusel oil has been obtained from fermentation plants as a by product. A straight copper tube with an inner diameter of 13 mm, outer diameter of 15 mm and length of 1 m was used as the TPCT. The fusel oil was filled up 33.3 % (44.2 ml) of the volume of the TPCT. Three heating power levels (200, 300 and 400 W) were used in the experiments with three different flow rates of cooling water (5, 7.5 and 10 g/s) used in the condenser for cooling the system. An increase of 17.64 % was achieved in efficiency of TPCT when fusel oil was used to replace deionized water at a heat load of 200 W and with a cooling water flow rate of 10 g/s.