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Investigation of Properties of KCl-MgCl2 Eutectic Salt for Heat Transfer and Thermal Storage Fluids in CSP Systems

[+] Author Affiliations
Xiaoxin Wang, Xiankun Xu, Hassan Elsentriecy, Dominic Gervasio, Peiwen Li, Qing Hao, Bo Xiao

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Yuanyuan Li

North China Electric Power University, Beijing, China

Paper No. HT2017-4766, pp. V002T15A005; 7 pages
  • ASME 2017 Heat Transfer Summer Conference
  • Volume 2: Heat Transfer Equipment; Heat Transfer in Multiphase Systems; Heat Transfer Under Extreme Conditions; Nanoscale Transport Phenomena; Theory and Fundamental Research in Heat Transfer; Thermophysical Properties; Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing and Manufacturing
  • Bellevue, Washington, USA, July 9–12, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5789-2
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Eutectic molten salt MgCl2-KClis was considered as a high temperature heat transfer and thermal storage fluid, being able to work at temperatures up to 800 °C for concentrating solar thermal power. Thermophysical properties including vapor pressure, heat capacity, density, viscosity, and thermal conductivity, and the behavior of the corrosion of high temperature nickel-based alloys in the eutectic salt are investigated and reported in this work. Corrosion studies were carried out and measured at a temperature up to 800 °C over a time span of one week to one month. Low corrosion rate was observed for two types of high temperature nickel-based alloys under the environment that the salt is strictly processed to have a very low level of water and oxygen.

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