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 Post subject: heatpipes questions
PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:53 pm 
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I've read this interesting heatpipes fundamentals dissertation.

Anyway i have some questions left:
- is it necessary to replace heatpipes after many years of use?
- can they be bended with regular pliers?
- why did you clean them with alcohol before installation?

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 Post subject: Re: heatpipes questions
PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:25 am 
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eadmaster wrote:
Anyway i have some questions left:
- is it necessary to replace heatpipes after many years of use?
- can they be bended with regular pliers?
- why did you clean them with alcohol before installation?


No, heatpipes are sealed systems and made of corrosion-resistant materials. By the time a enough coolant evaporates from normal operation the machine would be archaic and a cheap replacement cooler would be much easier to install.

Yes, they can. I have tweaked them to allow for tight installations, but great caution must be taken not to crack the pipes.

To remove grease and oil from fingers as well as dust and other debris. Makes better contact with thermal paste and therefore improves cooling efficiency.


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 Post subject: Re: heatpipes questions
PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:33 am 
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Fire-Flare wrote:
Yes, they can.

I'm not so sure. I'm afraid not all of them. The materials are different.


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 Post subject: Re: heatpipes questions
PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:47 am 
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Klusu wrote:
Fire-Flare wrote:
Yes, they can.

I'm not so sure. I'm afraid not all of them. The materials are different.


A blowtorch will make the tougher ones more malleable. :P


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