CFD applications for latent heat thermal energy storage

A review

Abduljalil A. Al-Abidi, Sohif Mat, Kamaruzzaman Sopian, M. Y. Sulaiman, Abdulrahman Th Mohammed

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Abstract

Thermal energy storage is needed to improve the efficiency of solar thermal energy applications (STEA) and to eliminate the mismatch between energy supply and energy demand. Among the thermal energy storages, the latent heat thermal energy storage (LHTES) has gained much attention because of its high-energy densities per unit mass/volume at nearly constant temperatures. This review presents previous studies on the numerical modeling of phase change materials (PCMs) through a commercial computational fluid dynamic (CFD) software and self-developed programming to study the heat transfer phenomena in PCMs. The CFD (Fluent) software is successively used to simulate the application of PCMs in different engineering applications, including electronic cooling technology, building thermal storage, and heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC). Using CFD software to design LHTES is believed to be an effective way to save money and time and to deliver optimization tools for maximum efficiency of STEAs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-363
Number of pages11
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Volume20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Keywords

  • CFD
  • Fluent
  • Phase change material
  • Thermal energy storage

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  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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CFD applications for latent heat thermal energy storage : A review. / Al-Abidi, Abduljalil A.; Mat, Sohif; Sopian, Kamaruzzaman; Sulaiman, M. Y.; Mohammed, Abdulrahman Th.

In: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 20, 2013, p. 353-363.

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Al-Abidi, Abduljalil A. ; Mat, Sohif ; Sopian, Kamaruzzaman ; Sulaiman, M. Y. ; Mohammed, Abdulrahman Th. / CFD applications for latent heat thermal energy storage : A review. In: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 2013 ; Vol. 20. pp. 353-363.
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