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Research roundup: Personalized cooling; hybrid nanoparticles; PCM-mortar based construction materials for energy efficient buildings

Ben Welter - Thursday, October 12, 2017
From Journal of Cleaner Production:

Personalized cooling as an energy efficiency technology for city energy footprint reduction

From International Journal of Mechanical Sciences:

Melting of Nanoparticles-Enhanced Phase-Change Materials in an Enclosure: Effect of Hybrid Nanoparticles

From International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer:

Numerical simulation and experimental verification of constrained melting of phase change material in inclined rectangular enclosures
A comparative study on the performances of different shell-and-tube type latent heat thermal energy storage units including the effects of natural convection

From Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells:

Experimental verification of theoretically estimated composition and enthalpy of fusion of eutectic salt mixtures
Preparation, characterization and thermal regulation performance of cement based-composite phase change material

From Energy and Buildings:

PCM-mortar based construction materials for energy efficient buildings: A review on research trends

From Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews:

Water and phase change material based photovoltaic thermal management systems: A review

From Case Studies in Construction Materials:

Experimental study of thermal properties of a new ecological building material based on peanut shells and plaster

From Computational Thermal Sciences:

Numerical simulation of melting and solidification of different kinds of phase change materials (PCM) encapsulated in spherical nodules in a water flow

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