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Investigation of glycerol-Ni(NO3)26H2O /perlite composites as form stable phase change materials

Tuğba Gürmen Özçelik

Department of Chemical Engineering, Engineering Faculty, Ege University, Turkey                                                                                                                         




latent heat storage; 

Composite PCM;


 Expanded perlite

In this presented experimental research, composites of phase change materials (PCMs) were prepared by impregnating glycerol and nickel salt into the expanded perlite pores (EP). In this study, vacuum impregnation and wet impregnation methods were used. Glycerol and nickel salt were inserted to the pores of EP and during the phase transition the leakage of the glycerol and nickel salt were prevented. The characterization study of chemical structure and surface microstructure of the composite PCMs were performed by Fourier transformation infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Thermal properties were determined by differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) instrument. The melting temperature and latent heat were determined for prepared composite, as -8.3°C and 136 J/g for vacuum impregnation method. For wet impregnation method the melting point could not be measured because of the PCM mixture could not deposited into perlite by using this method. The FTIR analysis presented that no chemical reactions take place between the EP and prepared PCM mixture. SEM images showed that the glycerol nickel salt mixture dispersed uniformly into the EP pores. During the heating and cooling processes, leakage and impairment of the composite PCM were not detect. Consequently, the PCM composite obtained by vacuum impregnation method, can be used for thermal energy storage applications.

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31/12/2020 Most Cited Award: 

According to the Editorial Board evaluation, the paper authored by Nelson Batista, Rui Melicio, Victor Mendes entitled as “Darrieus vertical axis wind turbines: methodology to study the self-start capabilities considering symmetric and asymmetric airfoils" is awarded the 2020 Most Cited Paper Award of Research on Engineering Structures and Materials (RESM).

31/12/2020 Best Paper Award:

According to the Advisory Board decision, the paper authored by Marcelo Mesquita do Amaral, Matheus Wanglon Ferreira and Mauro de Vasconcellos Real entitled as “A simplified method for analysis of reinforced concrete beams exposed to fire situation” is awarded the 2020 Best Paper Award of Research on Engineering Structures and Materials (RESM).

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20/08/2020 Collaboration for IMSTEC 2020: Editorial Board of our journal and Organizing Committee of the 5. International Conference on Material Science and Technology (IMSTEC 2020) have agreed to collaborate. Extended versions of the selected papers from the conference will be published in our journal. For more see Events.

13/11/2019 Data articles as a new type of submision: Editorial Board of our journal have decided to accept a new type of submission: data articles. The focus of these papers is only on data and how it is collected but not on its interpretation and drawn conclusions. For more see News section.

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2020 Most Cited Paper Award:

The paper authored by Nelson Batista, Rui Melicio, Victor Mendes entitled as “Darrieus vertical axis wind turbines: methodology to study the self-start capabilities considering symmetric and asymmetric airfoils" is awarded the

2020 Best Paper Award:

The paper authored by Ahsen Ünal, Işıl Özer, Melek Erol Taygun, Sadriye Küçükbayrak entitled as “Fabrication and in-vitro evaluation of copper doped bioactive glass/polymer composite scaffolds for bone tissue engineering” is awarded the 


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