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Title: Aluminum Foam-Phase Change Material Composites as Heat Exchangers

Abstract

The effects of geometric parameters of open-cell aluminum foams on the performance of aluminum foam-phase change material (PCM) composites as heat sinks are investigated by experiments. Three types of open-cell aluminum 6061 foams with similar relative densities and different cell sizes are used. Paraffin is selected as the PCM due to its excellent thermal stability and ease of handling. The experimental results show that the performance of the heat sink is significantly affected by the surface area density of the aluminum foam. In general, as the surface area density of the foam increases, the performance of the heat sink is improved regardless of the current phase of the PCM.

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Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
947931
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-52080
VT0502020; TRN: US200905%%232
DOE Contract Number:
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: SAE 2007 World Congress & Exhibition, SP-2105:2007-01-0419
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; PHASE CHANGE MATERIALS; FOAMS; ALUMINIUM; COMPOSITE MATERIALS; HEAT EXCHANGERS; HEAT SINKS; PERFORMANCE TESTING; SURFACE AREA; Aluminum foam; Phase change materials; Heat exchanger

Citation Formats

Hong, Sung-tae, and Herling, Darrell R. Aluminum Foam-Phase Change Material Composites as Heat Exchangers. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
Hong, Sung-tae, & Herling, Darrell R. Aluminum Foam-Phase Change Material Composites as Heat Exchangers. United States.
Hong, Sung-tae, and Herling, Darrell R. Sat . "Aluminum Foam-Phase Change Material Composites as Heat Exchangers". United States. doi:.
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abstractNote = {The effects of geometric parameters of open-cell aluminum foams on the performance of aluminum foam-phase change material (PCM) composites as heat sinks are investigated by experiments. Three types of open-cell aluminum 6061 foams with similar relative densities and different cell sizes are used. Paraffin is selected as the PCM due to its excellent thermal stability and ease of handling. The experimental results show that the performance of the heat sink is significantly affected by the surface area density of the aluminum foam. In general, as the surface area density of the foam increases, the performance of the heat sink is improved regardless of the current phase of the PCM.},
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