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Abstract: A new composite phase change material for cold thermal energy storage applications is described in this paper. The authors combined dodecane into hydrophobic fumed silica to create a form stable PCM. Physical characteristics were studied using scanning through electron micrographs and Fourier transformation infrared. A thermal analyzer was used to measure the thermal conductivity of the composite, which was a desired low value needed for this type of application. An experimental setup to mimic a cold energy storage system was used and the PCM performed well under laboratory conditions. The authors conclude that this PCM has excellent potential for use in cold energy storage.

Reference: Energy Conversion and Management, 105(15 November 2015) pp. 817-825

DOI: 10.1016/j.enconman.2015.08.038