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Title: An experimental study of convective heat transfer with microencapsulated phase change material suspension : laminar flow in a circular tube under constant heat flux
Authors: Chen, B
Wang, X
Zeng, R
Zhang, Y
Wang, X
Niu, J 
Li, Y 
Di, H
Keywords: Constant heat flux
Heat transfer
Microencapsulated phase change material suspension
Phase change
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Experimental thermal and fluid science, 2008, v. 32, no. 8, p. 1638-1646 How to cite?
Journal: Experimental thermal and fluid science 
Abstract: By contrast with the conventional heat transfer fluid (water), the microencapsulated phase change material (MPCM) suspension, with a small temperature difference between storing and releasing heat, is of much larger apparent specific heat and much higher thermal energy storage capacity. It has been suggested to serve as a dual-functional medium for thermal energy transport and/or storage. The heat transfer characteristics of a kind of MPCM suspension, formed by microencapsulating industrial-grade 1-bromohexadecane (C16H33Br) as phase change material, were experimentally studied for laminar flow in a circular tube under constant heat flux. A new expression of Ste is put forward in the paper, according to the physical definition of Stefan number. The results in the experiments show: (a) the dimensionless internal wall temperature of the MPCM suspension is lower than pure water, and the decrease can be up to 30% of that of water; (b) the heat transfer enhancement ratio can be 1.42 times of that of water at x+ = 4.2 × 10-2 for 15.8 wt% MPCM suspension, which is not as much as in some references; and (c) the pump consumption of the MPCM suspension system decrease greatly for the larger heat transfer rate compared with water, due to phase change, the decrease can be up to 67.5% of that of water at q = 750 W (15.8 wt%). The kind of MPCM suspension has good application feasibility in practice.
ISSN: 0894-1777
EISSN: 1879-2286
DOI: 10.1016/j.expthermflusci.2008.05.008
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