H2O2-microwave treated graphite stabilized stearic acid as a composite phase change material for thermal energy storage

Chuanchang Li, Baoshan Xie, Jian Chen, Zhongsheng Chen, Xiaoqin Sun, Stuart W. Gibb

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Flake graphite (FG) was treated by microwave radiation in hydrogen peroxide solution and used to support stearic acid (SA) to synthesize SA/FG composites for thermal energy storage. The thermostability of the SA/FG was measured via TG-DSC, revealing they have good thermal stability up to 230 C. The thermal
properties of the composites were changed by varying the radiation time, and the SA/FG3 composite with the longest FG treatment time showed a higher latent heat value (61.05 J g1 for melting and 61.00 J g1 for freezing), and greater crystallinity (Fc, 98.34%) than other samples according to the
analysis of DSC. The SA/FG3 composite had a good thermal reliability after thermal cycling tests. The thermal conductivity of SA/FG3 (3.18 W m1 k1) was 12.2 times higher than that of pure SA. Furthermore, the mechanism of the enhanced performance of SA/FG3 was further revealed by monitoring functional groups of the surface of FG and demonstrated on the atomic-scale. Infrared
imaging showed SA/FG3 possessed superior thermal-regulated properties. Therefore, all these thermal properties indicate SA/FG3 has potential for application in thermal energy storage systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52486-52495
Number of pages10
JournalRSC Adv.
Issue number83
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2017

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