NASA Spinoff Database: Heat Pipes for Alaskan Oil

NASA Center: Marshall Space Flight Center
Public Release Year: 1976
Reference Number: MSFC-SO-41
Category: Environment And Resource Management
Origin: Skylab

McDonnell Douglas Corporation is using a heat-pipe device, developed through the space program, to transport oil from Alaska's rich North Slope fields. It is being used to keep the ground frozen along the 798-mile pipeline saving hundreds of millions of dollars and protecting the tundra environment. Heatpipes are totally automatic, they sense and respond to climatic conditions with no moving parts, require no external power, and never need adjustment or servicing.

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Page Number in Published book: 74-75

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