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Use of Differential Scanning Calorimetry and X-Ray Diffraction as Experimental Tools to Understand How Nucleating Agent Concentration Affects Supercooling in Microencapsulated Phase Change Materials

[+] Author Affiliations
Jorge L. Alvarado, Jasmeet Singh Johar

Texas A&M University

Charles Marsh, Chang Sohn

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer and Research Development Center

Ty Newell

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Paper No. IMECE2005-81988, pp. 385-390; 6 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Heat Transfer, Part B
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4222-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


In this paper, a description and explanation of the experimental techniques used to understand and quantify supercooling will be presented, including differential scanning calorimetry and x-ray diffraction. Differential scanning calorimetry experimental results indicate that supercooling in microencapsulated n-Tetradecane can be suppressed significantly when 4% to 6% of a homologous material is used as nucleating agent. X-ray diffraction experimental results elucidate how nucleating agent concentration affects the morphology of the phase change material after solidification. Both experimental techniques in unison prove to be valuable experimental tools and provide a better understanding of how inclusion of nucleating agents affects the solidification process. Quantitative characterization of microencapsulated n-Tetradecane thermal properties is also presented including latent heat of fusion and melting point data.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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