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A design handbook for phase change thermal control and energy storage devicesComprehensive survey is given of the thermal aspects of phase change material devices. Fundamental mechanisms of heat transfer within the phase change device are discussed. Performance in zero-g and one-g fields are examined as it relates to such a device. Computer models for phase change materials, with metal fillers, undergoing conductive and convective processes are detailed. Using these models, extensive parametric data are presented for a hypothetical configuration with a rectangular phase change housing, using straight fins as the filler, and paraffin as the phase change material. These data are generated over a range of realistic sizes, material properties, and thermal boundary conditions. A number of illustrative examples are given to demonstrate use of the parametric data. Also, a complete listing of phase change material property data are reproduced herein as an aid to the reader.
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Technical Publication (TP)
Humphries, W. R.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Griggs, E. I.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
September 3, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 1977
Subject Category
Fluid Mechanics And Heat Transfer
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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