Performance characterization of packed bed storage system
Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, Nigeria
Modeling of packed-bed heat transfer can be a problem of immense complexity in some cases requiring the use of 3-D finite-element techniques to understand the dynamics of stratification and fluid-solid interaction during different modes of operation. The analytical solution to the packed bed heat transfer was identified in this study and a set of governing equations that economically and accurately characterize the dominant energy transfer mechanisms in a charging or discharging packed bed storage tank over long time periods that include multiple cycles were analyzed. © Medwell Journal, 2009.