Numerical analysis for combined natural-convection and close-contact melting in a horizontal cylindrical capsule

Takeo S. Saitoh, Hideki Kato

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Abstract

Close-contact-melting heat-transfer characteristics, including natural convection in the liquid region of cylindrical capsules, were studied theoretically. Elucidation of such heat-transfer mechanisms is of great importance from the viewpoint of cost-effective ice-storage and heat-storage employing the latent heat-of-fusion thermal-energy storage (TES) concept. The Growth Ring Method (GRM) was used as a numerical tool to handle the moving interface between the liquid and solid regions. The computed isotherms, streamlines, and stored-heat fractions were clarified in detail. In particular, special attention was focused on the role of natural convection in the upper liquid region. Hitherto, no exact numerical analysis has been made to clarify the contribution of natural convection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-213
Number of pages16
JournalHeat Transfer - Japanese Research
Volume23
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1994 Dec 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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