Pepe Tan, Architecture and Civil Engineering

​On the Design Considerations for Thermal Energy Storage with Phase Change Materials.
​Pepe Tan is a doctoral student at the division for Building Technology.

Examiner: Carl-Eric Hagentoft
Supervisors: Angela Sasic Kalagasidis, Pär Johansson
Discussion leader Jan-Olfo Dahlenbäck


Integrating thermal energy storage (TES) technologies to a process enables storing and
releasing thermal energy on demand. Depending on the implementation, this may lead
to economic and ecological improvements, e.g. by shifting the peak demand to off-peak
hours or by increasing the share of utilized renewable energy. Additionally, the utilization
of the latent heat of melting and solidification of so called phase change materials (PCMs)
as storage materials offers the potential for considerably increased energy storage densities
compared to materials storing only sensible heat.
This thesis summarizes current progress for developing a design framework, which covers
the selection, utilization and process integration of a PCM TES. For selecting the material
based on its phase change temperature and latent heat content, the T-History method
has been developed further by studying the method numerically and experimentally. It is
shown that adjustments in the data evaluation method have to be made in order to obtain
repeatable measurement results. The results are then still subject to systematic errors,
which limit the accuracy of the method.
In the next part, the material level results serve as model input to simulate charging or
discharging cases of a PCM TES by modeling the heat transfer between the PCM and a
heat transfer fluid (HTF). The developed model performs comparable to existing literature
models but has to be verified experimentally in future work.
Based on the preliminary model, a process integration case is studied in terms of
variations of geometrical and operational parameters relevant for the heat transfer within
the PCM TES during (dis)charging. It is shown that restrictions given by the process may
limit the effectiveness of a PCM TES considerably, if the PCM TES is operated at too
high mass flow rates. It is concluded that the current results have to be placed at least
within an economical context given by the process conditions in order to decide which
PCM TES design is optimal.
Keywords: Phase Change Materials, Thermal Energy Storage, T-History, Simulation

Category Licentiate seminar
Location: SB-S393, seminar room, Arkitektur, Campus Johanneberg
Starts: 26 February, 2018, 13:00
Ends: 26 February, 2018, 15:00

Published: Wed 24 Jan 2018. Modified: Wed 14 Feb 2018