Authors:Jifen Wang, Huaqing Xie, Yang Li, and Zhong Xin
Phase change nanocomposites were prepared by dispersing γ-Al2O3 nanoparticles into melting paraffin wax (PW). Intensive sonication was used to make well dispersed and homogeneous composites.
Differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) and transient short-hot-wire (SHW) method were employed to measure the thermal properties
of the composites. The composites decreased the latent heat thermal energy storage capacity, Ls, and melting point, Tm, compared with those of the PW. Interestingly, the composites with low mass fraction of the nanoparticles, have higher latent
heat capacity than the calculated latent heat capacity value. The thermal conductivity of the nanocomposites was enhanced
and increased with the mass fraction of Al2O3 in both liquid state and solid state.