Experimental and numerical study of melting of the phase change material tetracosane

Santiago Madruga, Naoto Haruki, Akihiko Horibe

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We carry out a comparative analysis of experimental results and numerical simulations on the melting of the Phase Change Material tetracosane contained within a cube and heated from below. Simulations employ a Stefan number Ste = 0.65, Prandtl number Pr = 54, and Rayleigh number covers a range up to 108. The simulations show distinct regimes of the melting process: (i) conductive regime, (ii) stable growth regime, (iii) coarsening regime, (iv) turbulent regime. We show how the solid/liquid interface easily observed in the experiment is enough to identify these regimes and so the internal state of the velocity and temperature fields.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-170
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018


  • Energy storage
  • Melting
  • Natural convection
  • Phase change material
  • Tetracosane

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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