Modeling of fatty acids phase change materials for energy storage in buildings application.
University of Balamand (UOB) in Lebanon
University of La Rochelle (ULR) in France
Prof. Rafik Belarbi from ULR
Prof. Henri El Zakhem from UOB
January 9, 2023
November 17, 2022
Phase Change Materials (PCMs), Buildings, Energy Storage, Comsol Multiphysics.
A student that has a background in materials and has the knowledge to produce, assess and characterize the mortars produced (chemical, mechanical and microstructural).
All relevant results will be published in international journals and presented at national and international conferences. In addition, if these materials perform well, the patentability of any new results will be considered before any public disclosure.
In latent heat storage, energy is stored through the change of state of the material and then released when the material returns to its original phase . Latent heat thermal energy storage systems incorporate phase change materials (PCMs) as storage materials. The high energy density of PCMs, their ability to store at near-constant temperatures, and the diversity of materials available make latent heat storage systems , particularly competitive technologies for many applications . The performance of a thermal energy storage system is strongly influenced by the nature and properties of the PCMs. The first step in designing a storage system is to estimate the properties of the PCM as a function of temperature on the one hand and to study the behavior of the PCM during phase changes (energy charge/discharge cycles) on the other hand. Numerical simulation allows dimensioning of the systems to integrate PCMs in the building envelopes, and the prediction of their behavior at different scales .
The objective of this training is to compare the energy performances of different fatty acids and their eutectic mixtures. First, a list of fatty acids with their thermophysical properties will be established. Their energy performances will be analyzed using Comsol Multiphysics software, considering different climate scenarios and wall configurations.
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