Date of Graduation

5-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor

Nutter, Darin

Reader

Couvillion, Rick

Second Reader

Roe, Larry

Abstract

This paper presents an overview of phase change materials (PCM) and their properties along with a review of relevant studies conducted in the past several years over phase change materials. An experiment is conducted to examine the differences between external building walls with and without bio-based phase change materials. In addition, the length of time BioPCM requires to completely change phase is examined from the data. Based on the data, the internal wall temperature of a home can be reduced by approximately 2 F. Additionally, a theoretical case study is presented and it is concluded that with the use of phase change materials energy savings of approximately 58% are possible in warm climates under several assumptions about how the PCM handles heat.

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