Heat release characteristics of middle temperature latent heat storage vessel by means of direct contact heat exchange method

Hideo Inaba, Akihiko Horibe, Koichi Ozaki, Kazuo Emoto, Hiroyuki Kakiuchi

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Experiment has been performed of heat transfer characteristics of the middle temperature latent heat storage system of the direct-contact heat transfer by using m-E (meso-Erythritol, melting point of 119°C, latent heat of 375 kj/kg) droplets as a latent heat storage material and silicone oil as a heat transfer medium. In the present study the liquid m-E was injected into the heat tranfer medium through a circular nozzle. The m-E droplets changed from liquid to solid phase during falling in the heat transfer medium at low temperature. From the measuring results of m-E droplet diameter, falling velocity, and solidification rate, the nondimensional empirical equations of the arithmetic mean diameter of the droplets and falling velocity, the solidification rate and the overall heat transfer coefficient were derived as a function of the characteristic arithmetic mean diameter, the terminal velocity, temperature and physical properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2454-2461
Number of pages8
JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, B Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part B
Issue number635
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1999
Externally publishedYes



  • Direct contact heat transfer
  • Latnt heat storage
  • Meso-erythritol droplet
  • Overall heat transfer coefficient
  • Solidification rate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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