CIESC Journal ›› 2020, Vol. 71 ›› Issue (10): 4826-4835.doi: 10.11949/0438-1157.20191231

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Study on thermal properties of stearyl alcohol modified graphene oxide/ n-octadecane composite phase change materials

Di CAI1,2(),Jing LI1,2()   

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Low-Grade Energy Utilization Technologies & Systems, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044, China
    2.School of Energy and Power Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044, China
  • Received:2019-10-23 Revised:2020-02-12 Online:2020-10-05 Published:2020-02-26
  • Contact: Jing LI;


Adding high thermal conductivity fillers to n-octadecane to form a composite phase change material(PCM) can improve its thermal conductivity. At the same time, to ensure high thermal conductivity, dispersion stability and recycling reliability of PCM, a type of composite PCM has been fabricated by grafting stearic alcohol onto graphene oxide (GO). The modified graphene/n-octadecane composite PCMs with 0, 1%, 2%, 3% and 4%(mass) of modified graphene were prepared to characterize and study of feature structure and thermophysical properties by means of scanning electron microscope, infrared spectrum analysis, differential scanning calorimetry and thermal conductivity analysis, etc. Experiments show that the modified graphene/n-octadecane composite PCMs prepared in this paper has good dispersion stability. When the mass fraction of modified graphene reaches 4%, the thermal conductivity of composite PCMs is 131.9% higher than that of pure n-octadecane.

Key words: graphene oxide, composite PCMs, chemical modification, dispersion stability, thermal properties

CLC Number: 

  • O 642


Statuses of composite phase change material after different melting-solidification cycles"


Particle size distribution of GNS and MG powder"


Particle size distribution of GNS and MG after 20 phase change cycles"


Composite phase change materials with different mass fractions of modified graphene"


Microstructure and morphology of graphene nanoplatelets and modified graphene"


FTIR spectra of GO, MG, n-octadecane and 2.0%(mass) composite PCM"


DSC curves of n-octadecane and composite phase change materials"

Table 1

Phase transition temperature and enthalpy of n-octadecane and composite phase change materials during melting process"

样品起始温度Tms /℃峰值Tmp /℃终止温度Tme/℃相变焓Hm/(J/g)

Table 2

Phase transition temperature and enthalpy of n-octadecane and composite phase change materials during solidification process"


Table 3

Thermal conductivity and relevant data of n-octadecane and composite phase change materials"



Thermal conductivity and thermal diffusion coefficient of modified graphene/n-octadecane composite phase change materials with different mass fractions at 20℃"


Microstructure and morphology of modified graphene oxide/n-octadecane composite PCM"

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