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Numerical Simulation of Thermal Energy Storage in Cylindrical Cells

[+] Author Affiliations
Horacio Ramos-Aboites, Abel Hernandez-Guerrero

Universidad de Guanajuato, Salamanca, Gto., Mexico

Salvador M. Aceves

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA

Raul Lesso-Arroyo

Instituto Tecnológico de Celaya, Celaya, Gto., Mexico

Paper No. IMECE2002-33137, pp. 3-8; 6 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Advanced Energy Systems
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Advanced Energy Systems Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3626-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


This paper presents the results of a -numerical transient model for phase change in a storage cell filled with a phase change material (PCM). Phase change occurs under the presence of natural convection. The PCM is encapsulated in a cylindrical energy storage cell. Two cases of PCM melting are analyzed, (1) the surface temperature of the bottom half of the cylindrical cell is kept at a constant temperature, which is higher than the melting temperature of the PCM, and (2) a fluid flows under the cell with an inlet temperature that is higher than the melting point of the PCM. The results show the evolution of the solid-liquid interface, isotherms and flow lines during the melting process.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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