Experimental and numerical study of solidifying phase-change material in a triplex-tube heat exchanger with longitudinal/triangular fins

Ammar M. Abdulateef, Jasim Abdulateef, Sohif Mat, Kamaruzzaman Sopian, Basher Elhub, Munther Abdullah Mussa

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Abstract

Latent heat thermal energy storage (LHTES) system uses a large triplex-tube heat exchanger (TTHX) with internal longitudinal fins incorporating phase-change material (PCM) was experimentally designed, tested, and evaluated. The PCM was entirely solidified using the both-sides freezing, as a main method under the influence of average discharging temperature was at 65 °C. The changes in the mass flow rates of 16.2, 29.4, and 37.5 min/kg were investigated. The solidification rate increased, as the mass flow rate increased, therefore the mass flow rate at 37.4 kg/min consumed a short time, compared with the 16.2 and 29.4 kg/min. Furthermore, the PCM completely solidified, as fast as at position B than position A from the entrance of the HTF-tube because of temperature variations in axial and angular direction during discharging process. Two types of extended surfaces, namely the longitudinal and triangular fins in various configuration were numerically studied. A significant enhancement was observed using internal, internal-external, and external triangular fins at 14%, 16%, and 18% respectively, compared to longitudinal fins configuration. Consequently, the external triangular finned tube has been considered the most efficient for the brief solidification PCM (630 min). The total energy released for the both types of fins were compared. The simulation results were agreed well with the experimental results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-84
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer
Volume90
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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Keywords

  • Longitudinal fins
  • Phase-change material
  • Solidification time
  • Triangular fins
  • Triplex-tube heat exchanger

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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Experimental and numerical study of solidifying phase-change material in a triplex-tube heat exchanger with longitudinal/triangular fins. / Abdulateef, Ammar M.; Abdulateef, Jasim; Mat, Sohif; Sopian, Kamaruzzaman; Elhub, Basher; Mussa, Munther Abdullah.

In: International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 90, 01.01.2018, p. 73-84.

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