This experimental and numerical study investigates Micro-Encapsulated Phase Change Material (MEPCM) heat transfer characteristics and corresponding pressure drop. To conduct this study, an experimental setup consisting of a steel tube with an inner diameter of 4.3mm, outer diameter of 6.5mm and a length of 1,016mm is selected. A MEPCM mass concentration of 20% slurry with particle diameter ranging between 5–15μm is included in this study. Tube wall temperature profile, fluid inlet, outlet temperatures, the pressure drop across the tube are measured and corresponding Nusselt number are determined for various operating conditions. The experimental results are used to validate the numerical model predictions. The numerical model results show good agreement with the experimental data under various operating conditions. The controlling parameters are identified and their effects on the heat transfer characteristics of micro-channels with MEPCM slurries are evaluated.

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