Influence of Geometric Parameters on the Thermal Performances of a Double Air Pass Solar Collector
Science Journal of Energy Engineering
Volume 7, Issue 4, December 2019, Pages: 67-76
Received: Sep. 20, 2019; Accepted: Oct. 17, 2019; Published: Oct. 28, 2019
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Abraham Tetang Fokone, Laboratory of Energetic and Thermal Applied, ENSAI/University of Ngaoundere, Ngaoundere, Cameroon; Doctoral School, Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
Adrian-Gabriel Ghiaus, Doctoral School, Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
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This work focused on the numerical study of the thermal performance of a solar collector in order to improve the indirect solar drying of fruit in an environment with high solar potential. It aims to contribute to the reduction of post-harvest losses observed during periods of high production. From the retained physical model, an equivalent electrical scheme has been established and energy balance was applied to each slice of the model using the nodal method. The obtained different equations were discretized using the implicit method of finite differences, and solved by the iterative Gaussian Pivot method written in FORTRAN program. The obtained results showed that, from April to June (mangoes harvest period in Ngaoundere city) the raining period in Adamawa Region, the solar air collector that length to width ratio is between 2 and 3, is sufficient to carry out indirect solar drying of fruits with forced convection. The outlet air temperature of the solar collector was between 45 and 60°C with an average value of 50°C, and the thermal efficiency was between 65 and 95% with an average value of 80%. Double glazing improves efficiency of the solar air collector for a small footprint.
Thermal Performance, Solar Collector, Unidirectional Flow, Double Air Pass, Modeling
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Abraham Tetang Fokone, Adrian-Gabriel Ghiaus, Influence of Geometric Parameters on the Thermal Performances of a Double Air Pass Solar Collector, Science Journal of Energy Engineering. Vol. 7, No. 4, 2019, pp. 67-76. doi: 10.11648/j.sjee.20190704.13
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