Exergetic Analysis of Energy Storage using Multiple Phase-Change Materials

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Z.-X. Gong, A. S. Mujumdar

Department of Chemical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 2A7

J. Energy Resour. Technol 118(3), 242-248 (Sep 01, 1996) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2793869 History: Received June 22, 1995; Revised December 04, 1995; Online December 05, 2007


This paper presents an exergetic analysis of the charge process in energy storage using multiple phase-change materials (PCMs). Thermal storage using two, three, five, as well as an infinite number of PCMs is analyzed with a distributed model for the heat transfer fluid. Analytical results show the relative merits of using multiple PCMs compared with a single PCM for thermal energy storage. Sample results are presented and discussed.

Copyright © 1996 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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