Heat pipes are self-contained heat pumps that can transport heat at high rates over fairly substantial distances with no external pumping power. Heat pipes are made out of aluminum or copper and are lined with a wicking material such as a ceramic or carbon fiber that provides capillary action. A liquid inside the heat pipe is heated and enters the porous wicking material, saturating the inside of the heat pipe. The gas that results from the heated liquid moves heat from the input end of the heat...
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