The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 226, Issue 6, pp 1169–1176

Enhancement of heat transfer rate on phase change materials with thermocapillary flows

Regular Article

DOI: 10.1140/epjst/e2016-60207-7

Cite this article as:
Madruga, S. & Mendoza, C. Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. (2017) 226: 1169. doi:10.1140/epjst/e2016-60207-7
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. IMA8 - Interfacial Fluid Dynamics and Processes


We carry out simulations of the melting process on the phase change material n-octadecane in squared geometries in the presence of natural convection and including thermocapillary effects. We show how the introduction of thermocapillary effects enhances the heat transfer rate, being the effect especially relevant for small Bond numbers. Thus induction of Marangoni flows results in a useful mechanism to enhance the typical slow heat transfer rate of paraffin waxes in applications of energy storage or passive control management.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied Mathematics to the Aerospace EngineeringSchool of Aerospace Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Plaza Cardenal Cisneros 3MadridSpain
  2. 2.Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas, CSIC-UAM-UC3M-UCM, C/ Nicolás Cabrera 15, Campus Cantoblanco UAMMadridSpain

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