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Interaction between Organic and Inorganic PCMs and Selected Metals

Version 1 : Received: 31 October 2019 / Approved: 3 November 2019 / Online: 3 November 2019 (15:06:53 CET)

How to cite: Bantová, S.; Ostrý, M.; Struhala, K. Interaction between Organic and Inorganic PCMs and Selected Metals. Preprints 2019, 2019110015 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201911.0015.v1). Bantová, S.; Ostrý, M.; Struhala, K. Interaction between Organic and Inorganic PCMs and Selected Metals. Preprints 2019, 2019110015 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201911.0015.v1).

Abstract

Phase Change Materials (PCMs) are latent heat storage media with high potential of integration in building structures and technical systems. Their solid-liquid transition is commonly utilized for thermal energy storage in building applications. It also means that some kind of encapsulation is necessary. This is often solved with metal containers that also have high thermal conductivity and resistance to mechanical damage enhancing the performance these so called latent heat thermal energy storage (LHTES) systems. However selection of suitable metal is rather challenging. It depends, among other things, on the elimination of undesirable interaction between storage medium and surrounding metal. Heat storage medium must be reliably sealed in metal container especially when the storage system is integrated in systems like domestic hot water storage tanks, where PCM leaks can negatively affect human health. The aim of this study was evaluation of interaction between selected commercially available organic and inorganic PCMs and metals. The evaluation is based on the calculation of corrosion rate and use gravimetric method for determination of the weigh variations of the metal samples. Results show that aluminium is the most suitable container material with lowest mass loss and suffered only minimal visual changes on the surface after prolonged exposure to PCMs.

Subject Areas

phase change materials (pcms); metals; container; latent heat storage; corrosion

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