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In this article we present a numerical study to investigate the thermal performance enhancement offered by our novel fin designs and the nanoparticles during the complete melting-solidification cycle of Phase Change Material (PCM) based Latent Heat Storage (LHS) unit. The introduction of fins speed-up the melting and solidification processes due to increase in the heat transfer surface area. Furthermore, the addition of Al2O3 nanoparticles increase the effective thermal conductivity of the nano-enhanced PCM (NEPCM) thereby enhancing the thermal performance. The fins-nanoparticles combo strategy has proven to be effective in decreasing the melting-solidification cycle time due to faster heat storage and discharge rates.

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Our findings show that the we can enhance the thermal performance of the latent heat thermal energy storage systems using phase change materials by two ways : a)optimizing geometry of the system and b) by adding nano-particles in the phase change material.

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Writing this article was a great pleasure , We hope that this article will be of great interest for not only the audience of this journal but also for the scientific community in general.

Fakhar ul Hasnain
Capital University of Science and Technology

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This page is a summary of: Branching of fins and addition of Al 2 O 3 nanoparticles for rapid charging and discharging of latent heat storage unit, International Journal of Energy Research, August 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/er.8565.
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