Review of Thermophysical Property Data of Octadecane for Phase-Change Studies

Materials (Basel). 2019 Sep 14;12(18):2974. doi: 10.3390/ma12182974.


In this work we derive temperature-dependent functions for the most important material properties needed for phase change studies with octadecane. Over 80 references are reviewed in which at least one thermophysical property of octadecane is measured. The functions are valid ±40 K around the melting temperature and are surrounded by their confidence interval. It turns out that the values for the solid phase have much broader confidence intervals than the ones of the liquid phase. Hence, more accurate measurements are particularly desirable for the solid state material properties.

Keywords: PCM; density; heat capacity; latent heat of fusion; melting point; thermal conductivity; viscosity.

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  • Review