Viability of Paraffin Wax as a Thermal
The use of paraffin wax, CH_3-CH_2*n-CH_3 where n tends to
be between 20 and 40, has been suggested as a thermal reservoir to be
used in electric vehicles in
place of conventional engine dependent or electric element heating
systems. Paraffin wax is appealing in this capacity for several
reasons, not the least of which is
the large specific
heat of the substance combined with its considerably low melting point.
A wax heating block would also have the advantage of being able to
store energy for use later without taxing the batteries of an electric
vehicle. On these pages you will find an examination of the viability
of such a reservoir,
demonstrating the advantages and drawbacks of the system.