Transient characteristics of thermal energy storage in an enclosure packed with MEPCM particles

Yong Hao Siao, Wei Mon Yan, Chi Ming Lai

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The heat transfer characteristics of phase change materials have been of continuing interest of research due to various potential technical applications, such as the latent-heat thermal energy storage, thermal protection, as well as active/passive electronic cooling. In this work, the transient characteristics of thermal energy storage in a partitioned enclosure filled with microencapsulated phase change material (MEPCM) particles were investigated experimentally and numerically. To examine the different melting temperature effects, two different MEPCM particles are tested. The core phase change materials of the MEPCM are n-octadecane with melting temperature about TM = 28 °C and 37 °C. The enclosure is partitioned and is differentially heated by the two horizontal isothermal surfaces, while the other vertical surfaces are considered thermally insulated. The studies have been undertaken for five sets of the hot and cold wall temperatures imposed across the enclosure. The consequents show that the numerical results are in agreement with the measured data. At the initial transient, the net energy storage in enclosure, Qnet, increases with the time Fo. Finally, the Qnet approaches quickly the steady state for the case with a higher temperature difference of Th − Tc. Additionally, higher dimensionless accumulated energy through the hot wall Qh and cold wall Qc is found for a case with higher hot wall temperature Th.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-53
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Thermal Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sep 5

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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