Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
The goal of this project was to introduce a new, more efficient means of removing heat from a cooling tower or similar application with minimal capital investment on behalf of the customer. This involved evaluating many different phase change materials to optimize the process.
Current applications of commercial and industrial cooling involve some level of possible exposure to the operator as well as the environment. Common cooling towers utilized in the industry today are constructed such that hot water comes into contact with cooler air so that temperature can be removed from the water prior to recirculation into the subject system. Often airflow can be aided by either pushing or pulling through the system mechanically. Cooling tower variations, such as changes to surface area and flow rates, has been implemented in effort to create sufficient cooling capacity (Hensley, 2009). This project aims to increase the efficiency of existing cooling tower systems by incorporating Phase Change Materials (PCMs) due to their ability to store and release large amounts of energy. Secondarily, the system must also exhibit minimal cost of installation and maintenance. Basic preliminary design of the system involves enclosing a PCM inside a tube or coil made from highly conductive material. This tube will capture heat from the hot water needing to be cooled, then transfer this heat to cool air which exits the system
Ciobanescu Husanu, I. N. (2018, June), PCM Heat Exchanger for Manufacturing Environment: Independent Study Case for Integrative Project-Based Learning Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30861
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