Modelling of latent heat storage in pcm modified components

Anna Machniewicz,

Dariusz Heim


Due to latent heat storage potential, phase change materials can be implemented in building materials to improve energy performance and thermal comfort. Nevertheless, the phase change effect is quite a complex phenomenon for numerical modelling and different methods can be used to estimate the results of latent heat storage. This paper presents a brief overview of the existing numerical methods and a short description of two most frequently used ones. Authors also investigated the capabilities of phase change modelling by three simulation tools. This work is a part of a wider research project which aims to find optimal solution of façade construction with the implementation of PCM. The choice of a proper numerical method was considered the first step to achieve this goal.

Słowa kluczowe: phase change material, latent heat, thermal simulation

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