Numerical analysis of phase change materials for thermal control of power battery of high power dissipations

X Xia, H Y Zhang, Y C Deng
2016 IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environment  
Analysis of Electric Vehicle DC High Current Conversion Technology Jing Yang, Jing-fen Bai, Fan-tao Lin et al. -This content was downloaded from IP address 207.241.231. Abstract. Solid-fluid phase change materials have been of increasing interest in various applications due to their high latent heat with minimum volume change. In this work, numerical analysis of phase change materials is carried out for the purpose of thermal control of the cylindrical power battery cells for applications in
more » ... applications in electric vehicles. Uniform heat density is applied at the battery cell, which is surrounded by phase change material (PCM) of paraffin wax type and contained in a metal housing. A two-dimensional geometry model is considered due to the model symmetry. The effects of power densities, heat transfer coefficients and onset melting temperatures are examined for the battery temperature evolution. Temperature plateaus can be observed from the present numerical analysis for the pure PCM cases, with the temperature level depending on the power densities, heat transfer coefficients, and melting temperatures. In addition, the copper foam of high thermal conductivity is inserted into the copper foam to enhance the heat transfer. In the modeling, the local thermal non-equilibrium between the metal foam and the PCM is taken into account and the temperatures for the metal foam and PCM are obtained respectively.
doi:10.1088/1755-1315/40/1/012046 fatcat:trtme7pk3ngxxbfzctus4wo5qq