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ISSN Online: 2688-7231

ISBN Online: 978-1-56700-524-0

Proceedings of the 26thNational and 4th International ISHMT-ASTFE Heat and Mass Transfer Conference December 17-20, 2021, IIT Madras, Chennai-600036, Tamil Nadu, India
December, 17-20, 2021, IIT Madras, Chennai, India

The Effects of Snowflake-Shaped Fin Configurations on PCM Solidification

Get access (open in a dialog) DOI: 10.1615/IHMTC-2021.3230
pages 2137-2143


In the present study, the influence of employing a snowflake-shaped fin on the Phase Change Material (PCM) side is analysed numerically and compared with longitudinal fin on achieving reduced full solidification time in a latent heat-based heat exchanger. Fins are always helpful in achieving a greater thermal penetration depth which yields an enhanced heat transfer rate. Finite volume method using enthalpy porosity technique is applied on the transient two-dimensional model of snowflake-shaped fin and a longitudinal fin embedded Latent Heat Thermal Energy Storage Systems (LHTESS). Performance of two different arrangements for snowflake-shaped fins, such as inline and staggered, attached on the wall of the refrigerant tube is evaluated and compared with simple longitudinal fin. The impact of fin configuration is being deduced by examining the heat transfer rate between the PCM and heat transfer fluid (HTF) and comparing the full solidification time required in all the configurations for freezing water when used as PCM. Results obtained indicate that the solidification process is quicker in the snowflake-shaped fin case than in the simple longitudinal fin and shows a slight improvement in the performance for inline and staggered configuration.