Conjugate heat transfer analysis of PCM suspensions in a circular pipe subjected to external cooling convection: Parameter effects

C. J. Ho, Z. C. Wang, R. H. Chen, Chi Ming Lai

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Abstract

In this paper, a numerical method was used to investigate the conjugate heat transfer of phase change material (PCM) suspensions in a circular pipe under external cooling convection. The parameters considered in this study and their ranges were the volumetric fraction of PCM particles (cv) = 0–0.2, the Biot number (Bio) = 0.1–100, the Stefan number (Ste) = 0.01–0.2, and the Peclet number (Pe) = 100–1000. The results showed that the PCM concentration, Bio, and Ste had significant effects on the fluid temperature, inner/outer wall temperature, and inner/outer wall heat flux, while Pe only had a significant effect on the axial heat transfer of the wall. When a PCM-containing working fluid was used for cooling, the PCM latent heat could directly affect the fluid outlet temperature and the cooling effect. If the latent heat is changed, other thermal system parameters should be adjusted accordingly.

Original languageEnglish
Article number120369
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Volume162
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Dec

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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