Thermophysical properties experimentally tested for NaCl-KCL-MgCl2eutectic molten salt as a next-generation high-temperature heat transfer fluids in concentrated solar power systems

Xiaoxin Wang, Jesus Del Rincon, Peiwen Li, Youyang Zhao, Judith Vidal

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Abstract

A new eutectic chloride molten salt, MgCl2-KCl-NaCl (wt% 45.98-38.91-15.11), has been recognized as one of the most promising high-temperature heat transfer fluids (HTF) for both heat transfer and thermal storage for the third-generation concentrated solar power (CSP) systems. For the first time, some essential thermophysical properties of this eutectic chloride molten salt needed for basic heat transfer and energy storage analysis in the application of concentrating solar power systems have been experimentally tested and provided as functions of temperature in the range from 450 °C to 700 °C. The studied properties include heat capacity, melting point, heat of fusion, viscosity, vapor pressure, density, and thermal conductivity. The property equations provide essential database for engineers to use to calculate convective heat transfer in concentrated solar receivers, heat exchangers, and thermal storage for concentrated solar power plants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number041005
JournalJournal of Solar Energy Engineering, Transactions of the ASME
Volume143
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2021

Keywords

  • CSP
  • Energy
  • Eutectic chloride molten salt
  • Heat transfer
  • Heat-transfer fluid
  • Materials
  • MgCl2-KCl-NaCl
  • Solar
  • Testing
  • Thermophysical properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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