Title

Effect of Copper Coating on Infiltrated PCM/Foam

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-2013

Publication Source

Energy Conversion and Management

Abstract

Experimental study was performed to investigate the effect of copper coating on the thermal performance of encapsulated phase change material/carbon foam composite (hybrid foam). Two types of carbon foam materials were used namely, pristine and copper-coated carbon foams. Both foams were infiltrated with paraffin wax. The temperature distribution within hybrid foam was monitored experimentally using constant heat load setup. Copper-coated carbon foam shows excellent results compared to the pristine foam. Within the coating foam; the time required to reach the melting temperature was shorter and the heat transferred faster. Further, copper coating process enhanced the overall thermal conductivity of the composite by a factor of 1.67 compared to the pristine foam.

Inclusive pages

336–342

ISBN/ISSN

0196-8904

Publisher

Elsevier

Volume

66

Peer Reviewed

yes