Description: Based on the criteria of high latent heats of fusion, low cost, and ease of pelletization, seven phase change materials (PCMs) with melting points in the ranges suitable for absorption cooling, active heating, and passive space conditioning applications have been pressed into pellets about 12 mm in diameter and then encapsulated with organic coating materials by a roll coating process. Capsules of four of the seven PCM candidates have shown retention of integrity in various aqueous heat exchange fluids in accelerated thermal cycling tests ranging between 1500 to 2900 heating and cooling cycles. Capsules of PCMs melting near room temperature have also shown good stability in laboratory air environment. The objective of this effort is to develop reliable and cost effective PCMs for use in: (i) active heat exchange packed-bed assemblies of simple design that are capable of providing heat exchange efficiency and storage capacity superior to those of conventional heat storage systems, and (ii) passive heat storage systems consisting of building products incorporating thermal energy storage (TES) materials. The feasibility of this approach is supported by a favorable cost analysis.
Date: January 1, 1981
Creator: Chen, J.
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