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Abstract: This research proposed a new, flame retardant, shape-stabilized phase change material (PCM), for use in thermal energy storage. Typical paraffin and high-density polyethylene has great shape retention, however is highly flammable and has a low thermal conductivity. Researchers introduced expanded graphite and an intumescent flame retardant to the mix to improve the thermal properties and flammability, respectively. After several tests, including a thermal conductivity evaluation using the Hot Disk TPS 2500, on multiple variations of the sample, scientists have proposed a new flame-retardant PCM, with a more efficient thermal conductivity.

Reference: Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 94, 2, (2010) 360-365

DOI: 10.1016/j.solmat.2009.10.014