TITLE

NUMERICAL SIMULATION OF CONCENTRATING SOLAR COLLECTOR P2CC WITH A SMALL CONCENTRATING RATIO

AUTHOR(S)
STEFANOVIĆ, Velimir P.; PAVLOVIĆ, SaŠa R.; ILIĆ, Marko N.; APOSTOLOVIĆ, Nenad S.; KUŠTRIMOVIĆ, Dragan D.
PUB. DATE
December 2012
SOURCE
Thermal Science;2012, Vol. 16 Issue Supp 2, pS471
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Solar energy may be practically utilized directly through transformation into heat, electrical or chemical energy. A physical and mathematical model is presented, as well as a numerical procedure for predicting thermal performances of the P2CC solar concentrator. The demonstrated prototype has the reception angle of 110° at concentration ratio CR = 1.38, with the significant reception of diffuse radiation. The solar collector P2CC is designed for the area of middle temperature conversion of solar radiation into heat. The working fluid is water with laminar flow through a copper pipe surrounded by an evacuated glass layer. Based on the physical model, a mathematical model is introduced, which consists of energy balance equations for four collector components. In this paper, water temperatures in flow directions are numerically predicted, as well as temperatures of relevant P2CC collector components for various values of input temperatures and mass flow rates of the working fluid, and also for various values of direct sunlight radiation and for different collector lengths. The device which is used to transform solar energy to heat is referred to as solar collector. This paper gives numerical estimated changes of temperature in the direction of fluid flow for different flow rates, different solar radiation intensity and different inlet fluid temperatures. The increase in fluid flow reduces output temperature, while the increase in solar radiation intensity and inlet water temperature increases output temperature of water. Furthermore, the dependence on fluid output temperature is determined, along with the current efficiency by the number of nodes in the numerical calculation.
ACCESSION #
87613674

 

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