Selection of high temperature thermal energy storage materials for advanced solar dynamic space power systemsUnder the direction of NASA's Office of Aeronautics and Technology (OAST), the NASA Lewis Research Center has initiated an in-house thermal energy storage program to identify combinations of phase change thermal energy storage media for use with a Brayton and Stirling Advanced Solar Dynamic (ASD) space power system operating between 1070 and 1400 K. A study has been initiated to determine suitable combinations of thermal energy storage (TES) phase change materials (PCM) that result in the smallest and lightest weight ASD power system possible. To date the heats of fusion of several fluoride salt mixtures with melting points greater than 1025 K have been verified experimentally. The study has indicated that these salt systems produce large ASD systems because of their inherent low thermal conductivity and low density. It is desirable to have PCMs with high densities and high thermal conductivities. Therefore, alternate phase change materials based on metallic alloy systems are also being considered as possible TES candidates for future ASD space power systems.
Lacy, Dovie E. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Coles-Hamilton, Carolyn (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Juhasz, Albert (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)