Outward melting in a cylindrical annulus

C. J. Ho, K. C. Lin

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A two-dimensional numerical simulation of outward melting process of a phase change material, n-octadecane, contained in a horizontal cylindrical annulus has been performed with a finite-difference solution of the governing partial differential equations of the system. Both conduction in the unmelted solid and natural convection induced in the melt have been taken into account. Results have been obtained for Rayleigh numbers up to Ra=2.4xl05 and the radius ratio of the annulus in a range of 1.6-3.0. The simulations are examined in the light of the effects of both the natural convection in the melt region and/or the subcooling in the solid region on the time-variation of the melting front during the process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-245
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Energy Resources Technology, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1986 Sep

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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