Thermal analysis of a solar collector absorber plate with microchannels
Experimental and theoretical analyses were carried out to investigate the absorber plate temperature distribution for compact (thin and light-weight) solar thermal collectors. An analytic model combining convective heat transfer with axial conduction in the metal plate was developed. Forced convection experiments were then performed on an instrumented metal plate with micro-channels 0.5 mm × 2 mm × 270 mm long, at various flow rates; the heat transfer fluid was Tyfocor® LS. Reynolds numbers were in the range 10–100 and fluid inlet temperatures ranged from 5 to 60 °C. The predicted plate temperature profiles from the analytic model were in close agreement with the measured profiles. Thermal entry lengths were found to be significant and resulted in slight variations at the entry portion of the plate at higher flow rates. The model was used to study the effects of varying design/operating parameters and showed that axial conduction can significantly alter the temperature profile in the plate.
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Citation : Oyinlola, M.A., Shire, G.S.F. and Moss, R. W. (2015) Thermal analysis of a solar collector absorber plate with microchannels. Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, 67, pp. 102-109
ISSN : 0894-1777
Research Group : Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development
Research Institute : Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD)
Peer Reviewed : Yes