Mathematical model of counter flow v-grove solar air collector

Karim, Azharul, Perez, Erond, & Amin, Zakaria Mohd (2013) Mathematical model of counter flow v-grove solar air collector. In Proceedings of the Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development and Decarbonisation, World Renewable Energy Congress, Murdoch University, Western Australia.


Double-pass counter flow v-grove collector is considered one of the most efficient solar air-collectors. In this design of the collector, the inlet air initially flows at the top part of the collector and changes direction once it reaches the end of the collector and flows below the collector to the outlet. A mathematical model is developed for this type of collector and simulation is carried out using MATLAB programme. The simulation results were verified with three distinguished research results and it was found that the simulation has the ability to predict the performance of the air collector accurately as proven by the comparison of experimental data with simulation. The difference between the predicted and experimental results is, at maximum, approximately 7% which is within the acceptable limit considering some uncertainties in the input parameter values to allow comparison. A parametric study was performed and it was found that solar radiation, inlet air temperature, flow rate and length has a significant effect on the efficiency of the air collector. Additionally, the results are compared with single flow V-groove collector.

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ID Code: 63079
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Solar Air Collector, Solar Efficiency
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (091300) > Energy Generation Conversion and Storage Engineering (091305)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 03 Oct 2013 01:02
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2016 03:39

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