Analysis of a hybrid PCM-air heat sink

Y. Kozak, B. Abramzon, G. Ziskind

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Abstract

Phase-change materials (PCMs) can absorb large amounts of heat without significant rise of their temperature during the melting process. This effect may be utilized in thermal energy storage and passive thermal management. In order to enhance the rate of heat transfer into PCMs, various techniques have been suggested, like fins, metal and graphite-compound matrices, dispersed high-conductivity particles inside the PCM, and micro-encapsulation. The present work deals with a hybrid PCM-air heat sink. The heat is dissipated on the heat sink base, and may be either absorbed by the PCM stored in compartments with conducting walls, or dissipated to the air using fins, or both. The heat sink is made of aluminum 6061. Eicosane (C20H42, 96% purity, nominal melting temperature 36.7°C) is used as the PCM. In order to exclude the effect of sensible heating below the melting temperature, a controllable environment is used. The latter is created in a programmable forced-circulation oven. A simplified thermal model is developed for a conservative estimation of temperature growth of the heat sink base. The results of this model are compared to the experimental results. The relative contributions of heat accumulation, both by latent and sensible heat, and of heat removal by air are presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASME 2012 Heat Transfer Summer Conf. Collocated with the ASME 2012 Fluids Engineering Div. Summer Meeting and the ASME 2012 10th Int. Conf. on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, HT 2012
Pages767-773
Number of pages7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventASME 2012 Heat Transfer Summer Conference Collocated with the ASME 2012 Fluids Engineering Div. Summer Meeting and the ASME 2012 10th Int. Conf. on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, HT 2012 - Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
Duration: 8 Jul 201212 Jul 2012

Publication series

NameASME 2012 Heat Transfer Summer Conf. Collocated with the ASME 2012 Fluids Engineering Div. Summer Meeting and the ASME 2012 10th Int. Conf. on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, HT 2012
Volume2

Conference

ConferenceASME 2012 Heat Transfer Summer Conference Collocated with the ASME 2012 Fluids Engineering Div. Summer Meeting and the ASME 2012 10th Int. Conf. on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, HT 2012
Country/TerritoryPuerto Rico
CityRio Grande
Period8/07/1212/07/12

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