Modeling of heat transfer in phase change materials for thermal energy storage systems

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The processes of solid-liquid phase change, during which the heat is alternatively charged into the system and discharged from it, involve a combination of different physical phenomena. In this section, an overview of these effects is presented. The main methods of heat transfer analysis are introduced, and the main methods of multidimensional numerical simulation are discussed. Several examples, invoking the basic configurations used in or suggested for the latent-heat based thermal energy storage systems, are presented and described. Current research issues are outlined, with a special attention to unresolved and outstanding problems.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationAdvances in Thermal Energy Storage Systems
Subtitle of host publicationMethods and Applications
EditorsLuisa F. Cabeza
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780128198858
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • Enthalpy formulation
  • Melting
  • Numerical modeling
  • Simulation
  • Solidification

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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