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The joint 18
International Heat Pipe Conference (IHPC) & 12
IHPS (International Heat Pipe Symposium)
Jocelyn Bonjour
&Chan Byon
Published online: 5 October 2017
#Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany 2017
This special issue of Heat and Mass Transfer contains 17
articles that originate from presentations at the joint 18th
International Heat Pipe Conference and 12th International
Heat Pipe Symposium, held in Jeju Island, Republic of
Korea, from June 12 to 16, 2016. This conference was orga-
nized by the Heat Pipe Committee of the Korean Society of
Mechanical Engineers (KSME), under the auspices of a joint
international committee gathering together members of the
Committee on International Heat Pipe Conferences and the
International Advisory Board of the International Heat Pipe
Symposium. The joint 18th IHPC and 12th IHPS was sup-
ported by Japan Association for Heat Pipe, Jeju Convention
and Visitors Bureau, and Korea Tourism Organization. This
event was also sponsored by Daehong Enterprise, Co. Ltd.,
SAMJIN Tech., Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER),
Uniwell, Apack Inc., JNM MECA Tech., and Auras.
Since their beginning, and until the first joint edition in
their history, these conferences have taken place once every
two or three years, and alternating which each other. As a
matter of fact, the IHPS was originally founded by the Japan
Association for Heat Pipes (JAHP) in 1985 and has always
attracted many players of the Asian and Pacific rim where it
has always been localized, while the IHPC was held
throughout the world. Organizing both event the same year
in Republic of Korea was a unique and vibrant occasion to
bring together all the researchers, R&D engineers, scientists,
technicians, interested in the development or application of
heat pipes.
To build the present special issue of Heat and Mass
Transf er, the communications were first selected by the inter-
national committee after the proposal of the session chairper-
sons. The authors were proposed to extend their papers that
were then submitted to the usual peer-review process of the
journal, which included at least two independent reviewers.
These articles are thus certainly an excellent sample of the
main topics presented through the 4 keynote lectures, 16 oral
sessions, and 4 poster sessions of the Conference.
The efficiency of heat pipes as heat transfer devices has
been recognized for years, for their capability to transport high
heat fluxes under low temperature gradients, which is made
possible owing to liquid-vapor phase-change heat transfer
phenomena. Since their early development for space applica-
tion to their intensive use for thermal management of electron-
ics, heat pipes have thus spread in many industrial fields.
However, the race to ever-increasing performance continues,
which requires basic research on phase-change heat transfer
and associated thermo-hydraulics, on wall-fluid interaction. It
also calls for technological innovation and creativity, for lab-
oratory and real-field tests.
For these reasons, we describe the contents of the present
special issue as follows:
This issue includes some fundamentals studies of
thermofluid science related to heat pipes (Bertossi et al.;
Srinivasan et al.) and their application to the geometric
features of the capillary structures (porous material:
Florez Mera et al.; full micro-heat pipe: Jung et al.). This
issue also includes efforts to reach optimal or innovative
design of heat pipes and to analyze their performance (wall
*Jocelyn Bonjour
*Chan Byon
Univ Lyon, CNRS, INSA-Lyon, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1,
CETHIL UMR5008, F-69621 Villeurbanne, France
School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering, Ulsan
National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), 51
UNIST-gil, Ulsan 44919, Republic of Korea
Heat Mass Transfer (2017) 53:32273228
DOI 10.1007/s00231-017-2177-2
modification in oscillating heat pipes: Qu et al.; Leu & Wu;
under size constraints: Wits & te Riele).
Heat pipes are to be used in a variety of contexts and ap-
plication: aerospace still drives innovation (high temperature
heat pipes for atmospheric reentry vehicles and hypersonic
cruise vehicles: Lu et al.; cryogenic heat pipes for infrared
sensors and detectors: He et al.) and electronic cooling con-
tinues to always require larger heat fluxes (electronic compo-
nents: Ahamed et al.; LED: Lv et al.). But interestingly, heat
pipes now also often appear as a useful link in the chain of
energy efficiency (Jadhav & Lele; Chi et al.; Ebeling et al.; Li
et al.; Joo & Kwak; Lee et al.).
As the Guest Editors of this special issue of Heat and Mass
Transf er, we would like to thank the journal publication and
production team and its editor-in-chief, Prof. Andrea LUKE,
for providing the opportunity to publish this special issue with
selected papers from the joint 18th IHPC and 12th IHPS. We
also wish to express our gratitude to the reviewers of these
papers for the quality of their reviews, and the authors for the
efforts they made to fit with the requirements of the Journal
and the recommendations of the reviewers.
To conclude, we would like to recall that the next ma-
jor international event in the field of heat pipes will be the
second joint IHPC & IHPS. It will be Chaired by Prof.
Marco MARENGO (Brighton University, UK) and Prof.
Sauro FILIPPESCHI (Univ. of Pisa, Italy) and held in
June 2018 in Pisa, Italy. This edition will be known as
the joint 19th IHPC and 13th IHPS: we make the wish
that it will be as successful as the first joint IHPC & IHPS
in the history!
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