Dehydration/hydration of granular beds for thermal storage applications: a combined NMR and temperature study

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Abstract

For heat/cold storage systems a granular bed of salt hydrates is studied during dehydration/hydration. The water density in these beds are measured with help of NMR. Diffusion based dehydration of a granular bed of Na2SO4·10H2O is shown to be internally limited as larger grains dehydrate faster than smaller grains as result of cooling of the grains. In case of air flow dominated dehydration of Na2SO4·10H2O the supply of dry air was the limiting factor. On the other hand, for rehydration of CuCl2 with air flow through a granular bed, the absorption rate of water of the grains in the grain was the limiting factor and not the airflow. The observed limitations are not general observations for salts during dehydration and hydration, but may be different for other salts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)826-830
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Volume105
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017

Keywords

  • Heat storage
  • Hydrates
  • NMR

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