Thermal Analysis of Phase Change Materials

Some materials have the capacity to store and release large amounts of energy by changing their physical state: they are called Phase Change Materials (PCM). They can be used for instance to minimize the need of air conditioning and heating: incorporated into walls of buildings, they absorb heat when outside temperature is high and release it when temperature decreases. This keeps the house in a comfortable temperature zone. Improving the thermal conductivity of the PCMs is an important element to increasing the performance of the materials for such application.

Another utilization of the PCM is the use of residual heat from exothermic reaction in industry as a source of energy. An application fitting phase change temperature and a large melting enthalpy are tow obvious requirement for these materials. However, there is another important parameter: the cycling stability, in order to use the PCM as many times for storage and release of heat as required by an application.

Learn more about the thermal analysis of PCMs with special guest lecturer from Setaram Instrumentation, Remi Andre. Setaram Instruments’ microcalorimeters and C-Therm’s TCi have temperature ranges, sensitivity and functional capacities enabling to reach key data for the determination of thermal conductivity, latent heat storage, heat capacities (sensible heat), temperature cycling stability on a variety of materials like paraffin blends, alcohols, carboxlic acids, hydrated salts, etc..

This webinar will be of particular interest to any researchers working with phase change materials.


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