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Unconventional experimental technologies used for phase change materials (PCM) characterization. Pt.2 - morphological and structural characterization, physico-chemical stability and mechanical properties

: Fernandez, A.I.; Sole, A.; Giro-Paloma, J.; Martinez, M.; Hadjieva, M.; Boudenne, A.; Constantinescu, M.; Anghel, E.M.; Malikova, M.; Krupa, I.; Penalosa, C.; Lazaro, A.; Paksoy, H.O.; Cellat, K.; Vecstaudza, J.; Bajare, D.; Sumiga, B.; Boh, B.; Haussmann, T.; Gschwander, S.; Weber, R.; Furmanski, P.; Jaworski, M.; Cabeza, L.F.


Renewable & sustainable energy reviews 43 (2015), pp.1415-1426
ISSN: 1364-0321
Journal Article
Fraunhofer ISE ()
Thermische Anlagen und Gebäudetechnik; Speichertechnologie; Servicebereiche; Latentwärmespeicher; Kältespeicher; PCM-Labor; characterization; change materials; structural characterization

Due to the high interest of appropriate characterization of PCM and hybrid PCM composites, different research centres and universities are using several material characterization techniques not commonly used with PCM, to study the structure and morphology of these materials. Likewise, physico-chemical stability is a crucial parameter for the performance of latent storage materials during time and its evaluation has been done by using molecular spectroscopy, chemiluminiscence or calorimetric tests. Atomic force microscopy and nanoindentation are also reported to characterize hybrid PCM composites. Other chemical aspects studied are related with the compatibility of the PCM and its container and also considered in this compilation of characterization work.