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Title: Thermal Charging Study of Compressed Expanded Natural Graphite/Phase Change Material Composites

The thermal charging performance of phase change materials, specifically paraffin wax, combined with compressed expanded natural graphite foam is studied under constant heat flux and constant temperature conditions. By varying the heat flux between 0.39 W/cm2 and 1.55 W/cm2 or maintaining a boundary temperature of 60 C for four graphite foam bulk densities, the impact on the rate of thermal energy storage is discussed. Thermal charging experiments indicate that thermal conductivity of the composite is an insufficient metric to compare the influence of graphite foam on the rate of thermal energy storage of the PCM composite. By dividing the latent heat of the composite by the time to melt for various boundary conditions and graphite foam bulk densities, it is determined that bulk density selection is dependent on the applied boundary condition. A greater bulk density is advantageous for samples exposed to a constant temperature near the melting temperature as compared to constant heat flux conditions where a lower bulk density is adequate. Furthermore, the anisotropic nature of graphite foam bulk densities greater than 50 kg/m3 is shown to have an insignificant impact on the rate of thermal charging. These experimental results are used to validate a computational model formore » future use in the design of thermal batteries for waste heat recovery.« less
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  1. ORNL
  2. Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
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Conference: The First Pacific Rim Thermal Engineering Conference, Hawaii's Big Island, HI, USA, 20160313, 20160317
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Building Technologies Research and Integration Center (BTRIC)
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EE USDOE - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE)
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United States
Compressed expanded natural graphite; phase change material; thermal energy storage; thermal charging