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Performance Enhancement of Thermal Energy Storage System using Composite Bio-based PCM

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Title: Performance Enhancement of Thermal Energy Storage System using Composite Bio-based PCM
Author: Ebadi, Soroush
Department: School of Engineering
Program: Engineering
Advisor: Mahmud, Shohel
Abstract: Latent Heat Thermal Energy Storage (LHTES) systems have been used in many applications such as solar energy for storing heat, thermal management of electronic devices, and thermal management of buildings. Phase Change Materials (PCM) are the storage medium used in LHTES systems used to store the thermal energy. PCMs suffer from their low thermal conductivity, which significantly affects the performance of LHTES systems. Different approaches for enhancing the thermal conductivity of PCMs including dispersing highly conductive nanoparticle to the PCM, using metal fins, and displacing conductive porous material into the PCM have been proposed by the researchers. In the present study, effects of dispersing nanoparticles into PCM and displacing porous material to the PCM filled a vertical cylindrical LHTES system have been numerically and experimentally investigated. Copper oxide nanoparticles and copper mesh were used to improve the thermal conductivity of the PCMs.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/13055
Date: 2018-05-17


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