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A simplified approach for modelling latent heat storages: Application and validation on two different fin-and-tubes heat exchangers

 
: Neumann, H.; Palomba, V.; Frazzica, A.; Seiler, D.; Wittstadt, U.; Gschwander, S.; Restuccia, G.

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Applied thermal engineering 125 (2017), pp.41-52
ISSN: 1359-4311
Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie BMWi
0325549A
English
Journal Article
Fraunhofer ISE ()

Abstract
Latent thermal energy storage systems represent a promising alternative to traditional sensible storages, but their exploitation requires a careful design of the system, The present paper reports a mathematical model for the simulation of thermal energy storage systems with phase change materials (PCMs). The model is suitable for the description of a latent heat storage using a fin-and-tube heat exchanger. Accuracy and computational effort are both taken into consideration, by coupling a 1D model for the tubes of the heat exchanger and a reduced 3D model for the material and fin domains. The developed model has been validated for two systems, realised at ITAE and ISE, differing for the PCM employed and the constructive characteristics of the heat exchanger. Results show that the model has a good accuracy and could predict the behaviour of the storages within 40 W error in case of powers and 1 K in case of heat transfer fluid temperatures. When a stable PCM was used, the average deviation between the PCM temperature in experiments and simulation was lower than 0.6 K.

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