A shell-and-tube phase change material (PCM) thermal energy storage (TES) unit has been analyzed numerically and experimentally. The tube bank is filled with commercial paraffin RUBITHERM RT 28 HC PCM, which melts as the heat transfer fluid (HTF) flows across the tubes. A fully-implicit one-dimensional control volume formulation that utilizes the enthalpy method for phase change has been developed to determine the transient temperature distributions in both the PCM and the tubes themselves. The energy gained by a column of tubes is used to determine the exit bulk HTF temperature from that column, ultimately leading to an exit HTF temperature from the TES unit. This paper presents a comparison of the numerical and experimental results for the transient temperature profiles of the PCM-filled tubes and HTF.
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Numerical and Experimental Investigation of Shell-and-Tube Phase Change Material Thermal Storage Unit
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Sherer, TH, II, & Joshi, Y. "Numerical and Experimental Investigation of Shell-and-Tube Phase Change Material Thermal Storage Unit." Proceedings of the ASME 2015 International Technical Conference and Exhibition on Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic Microsystems collocated with the ASME 2015 13th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels. Volume 1: Thermal Management. San Francisco, California, USA. July 6–9, 2015. V001T09A051. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/IPACK2015-48061
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