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Abstract: An organic phase change material (PCM), tetradecanol (TD), infused with copper nanowires (CuNWs), was sent through a slurry of tests, to determine the effect of the ultra-high aspect ratio and sponge nature of the CuNWs, on the PCM. Experimental testing alluded to the increased thermal conductivity of the PCM, with the addition of the CuNWs. The addition of CuNWs, enhanced the thermal conductivity of the PCM by nearly 9 times. A significantly faster increasing thermal conductivity trend was noted in CuNWs loads exceeding 1.5%.

Reference: Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 105, (2012) pp. 174-178

DOI: 10.1016/j.solmat.2012.06.013