Faculty Advisor

Gatsonis, Nikolaos A.

Faculty Advisor

Looft, Fred J.


Testing of a mesoscale conduction pump was conducted. Using temperature, delta-pressure, voltage and current data the mass flow rate of the pump was calculated. Two mass flow rate results were calculated, one by heat transfer and another by delta-pressure analysis. Using the results obtained from the conduction pump experiments the calculated mass flow rates were applied to a theoretical heat loop. The GSFC (Goddard Space Flight Center) was interested in determining whether the pump tested would be capable of cooling a laser with a heat flux of 25 W/cm?. A preliminary theoretical model for a heat transfer loop that would cool such a laser was designed.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2003


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering