Friday, August 18th, 2017

Experimental and numerical investigation of a flat-plate solar collector

Publication year: 2010brbSource:/b Energy, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 14 June 2010brA., Alvarez , O., Cabeza , M.C., Muñiz , L.M., VarelabrIn the present paper we present an experimental analysis and a thermal and hydrodynamic modelling of a newly designed flat-plate solar collector characterized by its corrugated channel and by the high surface area directly in contact with the heat transport fluid. The thermal and hydrodynamic modelling of the collector has been performed by means of the Finite Element Method (FEM), validated with analytical results for a well-known fin-and-tube type solar collector. The thermodynamic efficiency of the collector is analyzed by means of its experimental heating curves. The yield of the new collector has been compared to a previously existing commercial…


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