An Investigation of a Latent Heat Storage Porous Bed and Condensing Flow Through It

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K. Vafai, M. Sözen

Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210

J. Heat Transfer 112(4), 1014-1022 (Nov 01, 1990) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2910473 History: Received July 11, 1989; Revised January 30, 1990; Online May 23, 2008


In this work the transient analysis of the behavior of a packed bed of encapsulated phase change material (PCM) and the condensing flow through it is presented. The rigorous model used assumes no local thermal equilibrium between the bed particles and the working fluid, and incorporates the inertia effects in the momentum transport by the use of the Ergun-Forchheimer equation. Condensation in the working fluid is investigated. Thermal charging of the packed bed is analyzed and compared for a sensible heat storage material as well as for different latent heat storage materials (PCMs).

Copyright © 1990 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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