The application of modified multi-wall carbon nano-tube particles in PCM as the nucleating agent

Xi Yao Zhang, Jianlei Niu, Jianyong Wu, Shuo Zhang

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Paraffin waxes as the phase change materials (PCM) usually tend to become supercooled in their crystallization processes, which limits their applications. As a solution, the modified multi-wall carbon Nano-tube (MWCNT) particles were dispersed in PCM as the nucleating agent to effectively reduce the super cooling, oxidized by strong acids H2SO4 and HNO3 to increase the compatibility with the organic liquid. In this study, the n-hexadecane-1-decanol slurry with modified MWCNT in different concentration was prepared and analyzed. Thermal analysis by differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) indicated that the super cooling of PCM was significantly decreased. The effective ranges of nucleating agent concentration were summarized which provided a promising way of improving the performance of system energy efficiency in building cooling and heating applications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMechanical Science and Engineering III
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2013
Event2013 3rd International Conference on Mechanical Science and Engineering, ICMSE 2013 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 1 Mar 20133 Mar 2013

Publication series

NameApplied Mechanics and Materials
ISSN (Print)1660-9336
ISSN (Electronic)1662-7482


Conference2013 3rd International Conference on Mechanical Science and Engineering, ICMSE 2013
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong


  • Hexadecane
  • Nucleating agent
  • PCM
  • Super cooling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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