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Numerical and experimental study of a corrugated thermal collector

Research paper by A. Álvarez, J. Tarrío-Saavedra, S. Zaragoza, J. López-Beceiro, R. Artiaga, S. Naya, B. Álvarez

Indexed on: 29 Apr '16Published on: 29 Apr '16Published in: Case Studies in Thermal Engineering



Abstract

The present work proposes a design for solar thermal collectors and also a numerical simulation analysis procedure to evaluate the collector performance. The performance of this collector is compared with the performance of other two commercial ones by observing both the numerical modeling study and experimental test results. Benefits of using the corrugated parallel approach, in terms of yield, are shown applying a new alternative approach of numerical modeling. A better performance is observed for the corrugated parallel collector, which provides a higher yield using an energy-absorbing surface. Moreover, the proposed numerical methodology could be used to evaluate the performance of other thermal collector configurations.

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