Whale ‘blubber’ as bio-inspired phase change material
September 8-13, 2019
In nature, all living things have various features to survive. For example, marine mammals have an adipose tissue system that protects them from harsh conditions in their environment. This tissue also known as “blubber” provides various features to marine mammals. Buoyancy, insulation, protection and energy storage are among the tasks of this tissue.
Thermal energy storage systems are regarded as key to sustainable use of renewables to meet increasing global energy demand. Phase Change Materials (PCM) with thermal energy storage properties are commonly used in a wide variety of applications based on melting-freezing principle. PCMs can be inorganic or organics. Fatty acids are examples of organic PCMs.
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Özge Gungor and Halime O. Paksoy, "Whale ‘blubber’ as bio-inspired phase change material" in "Nature-Inspired Engineering", Marc-Olivier Coppens, University College London, United Kingdom Bharat Bhushan, Ohio State University, USA Eds, ECI Symposium Series, (2019). https://dc.engconfintl.org/nature_inspired/1