The container shape and arrangement of the thermal storage systems (TES) play a vital role in enhancing thermal performance. In the current investigation, the impact of inner tube dimensions and arrangements of TES on the thermal performance of a PCM-based triplex-tube latent heat storage exchanger (TTHX) is numerically analyzed. COMSOL Multiphysics commercial software was employed to obtain the numerical solution of the governing equations. Eight different cases with the same volume of PCM and various configurations of the inner tubes were investigated. The results of the current study were presented in terms of temperature contours, liquid fraction, Bejan number, average temperature, and average Nusslet number. The shortest melting time was 48 min, which was achieved by a single inner tube configuration with a quicker melting time of >62% compared to other cases. While for multi-tubes, the shortest time was 78 min, which was achieved by the configuration of three tubes (two horizontal and the third placed at the lower section) with an enhancement of melting time reduction of >12% compared to other cases, except for a single inner tube configuration. Regarding the entropy generation, the single tube configuration achieved the lower Bejan number. Therefore, single tube configuration was found to be the best option for maximizing the thermal performance of the studied TTHX.
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- entropy generation
- melting rate
- thermal energy storage
- tubes arrangement
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Fuel Technology
- Engineering (miscellaneous)
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Energy (miscellaneous)
- Control and Optimization
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering