Numerical modeling and experimental validation of a phase change material-based compact cascade cooling system for enhanced thermal management

Su Ho Kim, Chang Sung Heu, Dong Rip Kim, Seok Won Kang

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The thermal performance of phase change material (PCM)-based compact cascade cooling systems with an integrated heat sink was experimentally evaluated using heat-transfer measurements under constant heat flux. Numerical calculations were also performed to investigate the fundamental mechanism of the cascade cooling approach using multiple PCMs (i.e., paraffin wax) with different melting points. This structure facilitated cooling via hierarchical heat exchange without additional energy consumption. The experimental results of the cascade cooling system demonstrated that the peak temperature within a fin decreased from 123.4 to 107.2 °C in one heat-supply cycle owing to the latent heat adsorption during a phase change in the PCMs. Particularly, the cascade cooling system reduced the peak temperature by approximately 13.1% compared with natural convection in air. In addition, the time taken to reach the maximum allowed temperature from the peak temperature was decreased by 45.0% because of the larger heat capacity and cascading heat exchange of PCMs. This implies that the lifetime of a system can be increased and failure can be prevented. Improved thermal performance was demonstrated after repetitive heating–cooling cycles. Furthermore, it was numerically demonstrated that a PCM nanocomposite can reduce the heat accumulation because of the low thermal conductivities of PCMs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number114470
JournalApplied Thermal Engineering
Volume164
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020 Jan 5

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Phase change materials
Cooling systems
Temperature control
Pulse code modulation
Cooling
Paraffin waxes
Temperature
Latent heat
Heat sinks
Natural convection
Specific heat
Melting point
Hot Temperature
Heat flux
Thermal conductivity
Nanocomposites
Energy utilization
Heat transfer
Adsorption
Air

Keywords

  • Cascade cooling
  • Heat sink
  • Heat transfer
  • PCM (Phase Change Material)
  • Thermocouples

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