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Thermal Conductivity Characterization of Nano-Enhanced Paraffin Wax

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Peter J. Sakalaukus, Jr., Andrew Mosley, Basil I. Farah, Kuang-Ting Hsiao

University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL

Paper No. IMECE2011-65070, pp. 1753-1755; 3 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 4: Energy Systems Analysis, Thermodynamics and Sustainability; Combustion Science and Engineering; Nanoengineering for Energy, Parts A and B
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, November 11–17, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5490-7
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Paraffin waxes are commonly used phase change materials for energy storage. However, the low thermal conductivity of the paraffin wax can limit the energy charging and discharging rate. In this research, a new nano-enhanced paraffin wax with dispersed conductive nanoparticles is tested for the thermal conductivity enhancement. A notable increase in the thermal conductivity has been measured from the carbon nanofiber enhanced paraffin wax.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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