The application of phase change material slurry to the refrigeration and air conditioning system opens a new way for energy saving and reduction of the quantity of refrigerant in the system, because it can serve as both the energy storage and transportation media in the secondary loop which is responsible for distributing the cooling power. In the present study, the experimental investigations of the forced flow and heat transfer characteristics of Tetrabutylammonium Bromide (TBAB in abbreviation) clathrate hydrate slurry (CHS) in both the plate heat exchanger (PHE) and double-tube heat exchanger (DHE) are carried out. It is found out that the pressure drop in the PHE is about 5–50 kPa at the flow rate of 2–14 L/min and is about 2–30 kPa at the flow rate of 3–14 L/min, which is nearly 2 times of that of the chilled water. The overall heat transfer coefficient is in the range of 2500–5000 W/(m2K) for TBAB CHS in the PHE and is about 1500–3500 W/(m2K) in the DHE, which are both higher than that of TBAB aqueous solution flow because of the involvement of the phase change of TBAB CHS.

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