Experimental study on thermo-hydraulic performance of a solar air heater with rectangular perforated duct inserts

Arunkumar, H S and Kumar, Shiva and Karanth, Vasudeva K (2021) Experimental study on thermo-hydraulic performance of a solar air heater with rectangular perforated duct inserts. Solar Energy, 227. pp. 179-189. ISSN 0038-092X

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Abstract

This paper examines the results of experiments conducted on a glazed solar air heater duct which is modified an additional rectangular duct insert having perforation on its top surface. This modified rectangular duct of varying height is designed to split the incoming air into the absorber. This is presumed to create a pressure difference above and below the perforated surface that will enhance the convective heat transfer due to the crossflow effect. It is observed from the experiments that the drop in pressure along the absorber passage decreases with an increase in the height, increase in hole diameter, and the number of rows of the hole. It is established from the experiments that thermal efficiency is found to be maximum for the height ratio (h/H) of 0.66 when compared to height ratios of 0.50 and 0.83, perforated duct inserts. Further, by varying the hole diameter ratio and the number of rows, it is noted that two rows of holes with hole diameter ratio of 0.096 configuration gives the maximum thermal efficiency of 84.8% and thermo-hydraulic efficiency of 81.06%.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Thermo-hydraulic efficiency Perforated duct inserts Solar air heater Crossflow Turbulence
Subjects: Engineering > MIT Manipal > Mechanical and Manufacturing
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2021 10:13
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2021 10:13
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/157703

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