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Numerical Simulation on Thermal Energy Storage Behavior of Cu/paraffin nanofluids PCMs
PCMs have foreseeable applications in residential buildings for effective use of solar energy. Paraffin is cheap and has moderate thermal energy storage density but low thermal conductivity. In this paper, we numerically investigate the melting processes of Cu/paraffin nanofluids PCMs. The results strongly suggested that the phase change heat transfer of paraffin was enhanced due to the addition of nanoparticles. For 1 wt% Cu/paraffin, the melting time can be saved 13.1%. The numerical resultsdoi:10.1016/j.proeng.2012.01.1018 fatcat:iys6tpae3zd7tbek55lpgvuhmq