Latent Thermal Storage Unit Using Form-Stable High Density Polyethylene; Part II: Numerical Analysis of Heat Transfer

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M. Kamimoto, Y. Abe, K. Kanari, Y. Takahashi, T. Tani, T. Ozawa

Electrotechnical Laboratory, Ibaraki, 305 Japan

J. Sol. Energy Eng 108(4), 290-297 (Nov 01, 1986) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3268108 History: Received November 01, 1985; Online November 11, 2009


Heat transfer in the latent thermal storage unit using form-stable high density polyethylene rods has been numerically analyzed. The analysis is based on simple explicit one-dimensional finite difference equations. The calculation can well simulate both the charge and discharge characteristics of the prototype storage unit developed by the present authors. The computer simulation has been used also to speculate the performance of the storage unit under various conditions. Effects of several parameters on the discharge characteristics have been quantitatively made clear.

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