Diploma and Master Thesis

Use of PCM (phase change materials) as a heat storage for one or more household appliances

A phase change material (PCM) is a substance, which is capable of storing and releasing large amounts of energy and can serve as a latent heat storage system. Heat is absorbed or released when the material changes from solid to liquid phase and vice versa. For household appliances is important that material has strong supercooling effect, since this effects ability to store latent energy partly loss free up to 2 days or more.

The purpose of this research will be to theoretically analyse suitable PCM materials and experimentally characterize it at different conditions, to determine material stability and thermal properties. The candidate will try to simulate similar conditions in one or more household appliances to see how the system responds and how much energy could be recovered with implementation of PCM materials.

Prerequisite knowledge: basic programming knowledge

Contact person: Assist. Nada Petelin

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