What is it about?

The performance of a heat exchanger with encapsulated phase change material that can be utilized in power plants is studied with the intent of analyzing the thermal behavior and optimizing its performance. The specific application of this heat exchanger is to cool the exiting hot water stream from the steam condenser in a power plant in lieu of a traditional cooling tower.

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Why is it important?

This type of heat exchanger provides an improved air cooling technology and minimizes water loss.


This work advances the state-of-the-art technology in indirect cooling for power plants by using encapsulated phase change material and sets forth a concrete platform to design and optimize the performance of such heat exchangers.

Avijit Karmakar
Illinois Institute of Technology

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This page is a summary of: Optimization and Analysis of a Heat Exchanger with Encapsulated Phase Change Material, Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, October 2019, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA),
DOI: 10.2514/1.t5720.
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