Category: Transient Plane Source
Author(s): D. S. Zhu, J. W. Gao, N. Wang, X. R. Zhang
Keywords: Energy Storage, Freezing Temperature, graphite, Heat Flow Network, Latent Heat Capacity, Melting Temperature, pcms, phase change materials, TES, Thermal Conductivity, thermal energy storage
Abstract: The low thermal conductivity of paraffin hinders its ability to be used as a PCM, and so in this article the authors created a composite made up of paraffin and micron-size graphite flakes (MSGFs) in order to hopefully increase thermal conductivity and energy storage capabilities. The results showed that increasing concentrations of MSGFs corresponded to 'enormous' increases in thermal conductivity. The addition of MSGFs to paraffin did not affect its melting or freezing temperature or its heat capacity.
Reference: Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 107, 3 (2012) 949-954