Experimental measurement of bulk thermal conductivity of activated carbon with adsorbed natural gas for Ang energy storage tank design application

Atila Ertas, Christopher T.R. Boyce, Utku Gulbulak

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Abstract

The development of adsorptive natural gas storage tanks for vehicles requires the synthesis of many technologies. The design for an effective Adsorbed Natural Gas (ANG) tank requires that the tank be filled isothermally within a five-minute charge time. The heat generated within the activated carbon is on the order of 150 MJ/m3 of storage volume. The tank can be effectively buffered using Phase Change Material (PCM) to absorb the heat. The effective design of these tanks requires knowledge of the thermal properties of activated carbon with adsorbed methane. This paper discusses experimental measurements of the thermal conductivity of activated carbon with adsorbed methane. It was found that within the tank the thermal conductivity remains almost constant within the temperature and pressure ranges that ANG tanks will operate.

Original languageEnglish
Article number682
JournalEnergies
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Activated carbon
  • Adsorbed natural gas (ANG)
  • Gas storage
  • Thermal conductivity

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