Vibration effects on heat transfer during solidification of paraffin

Johnathan Vadasz, Josua Meyer, Saneshan Govender, Gennady Ziskind

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Abstract

Previous work looked at the solidification process of PCM (phase change material) paraffin wax. Experimental results were compared with numerical work done in CFD package FLUENT. In the current study, the effects of vibration on heat transfer during the solidification process of PCM in a sphere shell are investigated. Enhancement of heat transfer results in quicker solidification times and desirable mechanical properties of the solid. The amount of PCM used was kept constant during each experiment by using a digital scale to check the weight, and thermocouple to check consistent temperature. A small amount of air was present in the sphere so that the sphere was not filled completely. Commercially available paraffin wax, RT35, was used in the experiments. Experimentations were done on a sphere of 40 mm diameter, wall temperature 20°C below mean solidification temperature, and consistent initial temperature. A vibration frequency was varied from 10-300 Hz was applied to the set-up and results compared with that of no vibration. Samples were taken at different times during the solidification process and compared with respect to solid material present.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHeat and Mass Transport Processes
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Pages807-815
Number of pages9
EditionPARTS A AND B
ISBN (Print)9780791854969
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2011 - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: 11 Nov 201117 Nov 2011

Publication series

NameASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2011
NumberPARTS A AND B
Volume10

Conference

ConferenceASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDenver, CO
Period11/11/1117/11/11

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