Heat Transfer Characteristics of Particle and Air Flow Through Additively Manufactured Lattice Frame Material Based on Octet-Shape Topology: Article No. 061004

Youssef Aider, Inderjot Kaur, Ashreet Mishra, Like Li, Heejin Cho, Janna Martinek, Zhiwen Ma, Prashant Singh

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Abstract

Particle-to-supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) heat exchanger is a critical component in next-generation concentrating solar power (CSP) plants. The inherently low heat transfer between falling particles and sCO2 imposes a challenge toward economic justification of levelized cost of electricity produced through solar energy. Introduction of integrated porous media with the walls bounding particle flow has the potential to enhance the overall particle-to-sCO2 heat exchanger performance. This paper presents an experimental study on heat transfer characterization of additively manufactured lattice frame material based on Octet-shaped unit cell with particles and air as working fluids. The lattice structures were additively manufactured in stainless steel (SS) 316L and SS420 (with 40% bronze infiltration) via Binder jetting process, where the lattice porosities were varied between 0.75 and 0.9. The mean particle diameters were varied from 266 um to 966 um. The effective thermal conductivity and averaged heat transfer coefficient were determined through steady-state experiments. It was found that the presence of lattice enhances the effective thermal conductivity by 2-4 times when compared to packed bed of particles alone. Furthermore, for gravity-assisted particle flow through lattice panel, significantly high convective heat transfer coefficients ranging from 200 W/m2K to 400 W/m2K were obtained for the range of particle diameters tested. The superior thermal transport properties of Octet-shape-based lattice frame for particle flow makes it a very promising candidate for particle-to-sCO2 heat exchanger for CSP application.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Solar Energy Engineering, Transactions of the ASME
Volume145
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5700-85439

Keywords

  • additive manufacturing
  • enhanced heat transfer
  • moving packed bed
  • particle-to-sCO2 heat exchanger
  • solar energy
  • thermal energy storage

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