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Numerical Analysis of Thermosyphon Solar Water Heaters
International Journal of Energy and Power Engineering
Volume 5, Issue 2, April 2016, Pages: 83-89
Received: Jan. 26, 2016; Accepted: Feb. 3, 2016; Published: May 11, 2016
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Samuel Sami, Research Center for Renewable Energy, Catholic University of Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador
Edwin Marin, Research Center for Renewable Energy, Catholic University of Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador
Jorge Rivera, Research Center for Renewable Energy, Catholic University of Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador
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This paper presents the modeling and simulation as well as validation of a natural circulation closed thermosyphon glass tube solar collector water heater. Energy conservation equations for the heat transfer fluid flow and the storage tank were written in finite-difference form, integrated and solved to yield the characteristics of the thermosyphon system at different solar insolations and water mass flow rate conditions as well as water temperatures. Comparison between experimental data and numerical prediction of the proposed showed that the model predicted fairly the evacuation of storage tank temperature at various initial temperature of the water at the storage tank.
Thermal Solar Collector, Thermosyphon, Water Heater, Modeling, Analysis Validation
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Samuel Sami, Edwin Marin, Jorge Rivera, Numerical Analysis of Thermosyphon Solar Water Heaters, International Journal of Energy and Power Engineering. Vol. 5, No. 2, 2016, pp. 83-89. doi: 10.11648/j.ijepe.20160502.18
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