Experimental and Numerical Study on Enhanced Heat Transfer of Solid-Liquid PCM by Ultrasonic Wave


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The present study is investigated the causes of enhanced heat transfer during the melting process of solid-liquid PCM (Phase Change Material) using an ultrasonic vibration. Paraffin (noctadecane) was selected as a PCM and experimental studies were performed as following. Heat transfer coefficient and enhancement ratio of heat transfer was measured, acoustic streaming induced by ultrasonic waves observed using a PIV (Particle Image Velocimetry) and thermally oscillating flow phenomenon observed using an infrared thermal camera during the melting process. For the numerical study, a coupled FE-BEM (Finite Element-Boundary Element Method) was applied to investigate acoustic pressure occurred by acoustic streaming in a medium. And then, the profiles of pressure variation compared with the enhancement ratio of heat transfer. The results of this study revealed that ultrasonic vibrations accompanied the effects like acoustic streaming and thermally oscillating flow. Such effects are a prime mechanism in the overall melting process when ultrasonic vibrations are applied. Also, as the acoustic pressure occurred by acoustic streaming increases, the higher enhancement ratio of heat transfer is obtained.



Key Engineering Materials (Volumes 326-328)

Edited by:

Soon-Bok Lee and Yun-Jae Kim




H. D. Yang and Y. K. Oh, "Experimental and Numerical Study on Enhanced Heat Transfer of Solid-Liquid PCM by Ultrasonic Wave", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 326-328, pp. 1145-1148, 2006

Online since:

December 2006




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