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Free cooling based phase change material for domestic buildings in hot arid climate

Zeinelabdein, Rami; Omer, Siddig; Mohamed, Elamin; Amaireh, Ikrima; Gan, Guohui

Authors

Rami Zeinelabdein

Elamin Mohamed

Ikrima Amaireh

GUOHUI GAN guohui.gan@nottingham.ac.uk
Associate Professor



Abstract

Free cooling based phase change materials (FCPCM) are promising sustainable technologies which could be used to store the cold energy available during summer nights in a sufficient latent heat storage for later utilisation during the daytime. This current work aims to evaluate the feasibility of FCPCM technology in hot arid regions where the cooling demand is dominant during most of the year round. Energy-Plus simulation engine was used to predict the cooling load of a selected case study in order to size the capacity of the storage medium. The flat-plate PCM panel storage system has been developed and assessed using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling utilising ANSYS FLUENT. The influence of operating conditions on the system performance was discussed through studying the solidification and melting process characterisation of the PCM. The results indicate that the proposed system is capable of reducing the cooling load substantially and the temperature of air supplied by the system is well maintained within the summer comfort zone between 298.65 and 303.15 K under the case study climate for up to 14.5 hours during the discharging period.

Publication Date Jul 17, 2017
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Zeinelabdein, R., Omer, S., Mohamed, E., Amaireh, I., & Gan, G. (2017). Free cooling based phase change material for domestic buildings in hot arid climate
Keywords Free cooling; Phase change material (PCM); Building cooling; hot arid climate, CFD analysis
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Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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