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Volume 6, issue 2
Mech. Sci., 6, 221-234, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/ms-6-221-2015
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Mech. Sci., 6, 221-234, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/ms-6-221-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 07 Oct 2015

Research article | 07 Oct 2015

Thermal analysis of PCM containing heat exchanger enhanced with normal annular fines

M. J. Hosseini1, M. Rahimi1, and R. Bahrampoury2 M. J. Hosseini et al.
  • 1Department of Mechanical Engineering, Golestan University, P.O. Box 155, Gorgan, Iran
  • 2Department of Mechanical Engineering, K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Abstract. In this study, the effect of fins' height and Stefan number on performance of a shell and tube heat exchanger which contains a phase change material is investigated numerically and experimentally. Melting time, solidification time, liquid mass fraction, melting and solidification front and temperature distribution in different directions (longitudinal, radial and angular) are among criteria for the heat exchangers' comparison. In order to generalize the comparison, melting and solidification fronts are studied for different sections of the shell, fin section and mid-section, for different fins' height during charging and discharging processes. The results show that, these two parameters play important roles in the heat exchanger performance. Increasing Stefan number, the melting time reduces; which exhibits a descending trend in rate when the fins are heightened. In addition, investigating both processes, it can be figured out that increasing fins' height influences the solidification time more significantly than melting.

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In this study, the effect of fins’ height and Stefan number on performance of a shell and tube heat exchanger which contains a phase change material is investigated numerically and experimentally.Melting time, solidification time, liquid mass fraction, melting and solidification front and temperature distribution in different directions (longitudinal, radial and angular) are among criteria for the heat exchangers’ comparison.
In this study, the effect of fins’ height and Stefan number on performance of a shell and tube...
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