Numerical investigations of unconstrained melting of nano-enhanced phase change material (NEPCM) inside a spherical container
Hosseinizadeh, S. F.
Darzi, A.A. Rabienataj.
Tan, F. L.
Date of Issue2011
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
This paper presents a numerical study of unconstrained melting of nano-enhanced phase change materials (NEPCM) inside a spherical container using RT27 and copper particles as base material and nano-particle, respectively. Numerical studies are performed for three different Stefan number and volume fraction of nano-particles with an initial sub-cooling of 6 °C. Transient numerical simulations are performed for axi-symmetric melting inside a sphere. The simulation results show that the nano-particles cause an increase in thermal conductivity of NEPCM compared to conventional PCM. The enhancement in thermal conductivity with a decrease in latent heat results in higher melting rate of NEPCM.
International journal of thermal sciences
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