Two sets of experimental data for cylindrical canisters with thermal energy storage applications were examined in this paper: 1) Ground Experiments and 2) Space Experiments. A 2-D computational model was developed for unsteady heat transfer (conduction and radiation) with phase-change. The radiation heat transfer employed a finite volume method. The following was found in this study: 1) Ground Experiments, the convection heat transfer is equally important to that of the radiation heat transfer; Radiation heat transfer in the liquid is found to be more significant than that in the void; Including the radiation heat transfer in the liquid resulted in lower temperatures (about 15 K) and increased the melting time (about 10 min.); Generally, most of the heat flow takes place in the radial direction. 2) Space Experiments, Radiation heat transfer in the void is found to be more significant than that in the liquid (exactly the opposite to the Ground Experiments); Accordingly, the location and size of the void affects the performance considerably; Including the radiation heat transfer in the void resulted in lower temperatures (about 40 K). [S0199-6231(00)00304-X]
Experimental and Computational Investigations of Phase Change Thermal Energy Storage Canisters
Contributed by the Solar Energy Division of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers for publication in the ASME JOURNAL OF SOLAR ENERGY ENGINEERING. Manuscript received by the ASME Solar Energy Division, Oct. 1998; final revision, Sept. 2000. Associate Technical Editor: M. Olszewski.
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Ibrahim , M., Sokolov, P., Kerslake , T., and Tolbert, C. (September 1, 2000). "Experimental and Computational Investigations of Phase Change Thermal Energy Storage Canisters ." ASME. J. Sol. Energy Eng. November 2000; 122(4): 176–182. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1330726
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