Effects of inlet flow on the stratification in solar hot water tanks

Masud Behnia, G. L. Morrison

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Abstract

The flow and thermal structures in a solar hot water tank are studied experimentally in the laboratory. A simple passive flow control device for continuous pumping of the collector loop is tested. The effects of this device as well as an inlet flow diffuser are determined by performing several experiments with isothermal and stratified tanks. For all conditions tested there was some buoyant mixing in the tank but in most cases thermal stratification was preserved which would result in better collection efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney, NSW
PublisherUniversity of New South Wales
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)0858238012, 9780858238015
Publication statusPublished - 1988

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