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A Performance Evaluation of a Solar Air Heater Using Different Shaped Ribs Mounted on the Absorber Plate—A Review

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  • Varun Kumar B.

    () (Velammal College of Engineering and Technology, Madurai 625009, India)

  • G. Manikandan

    () (Velammal College of Engineering and Technology, Madurai 625009, India)

  • P. Rajesh Kanna

    () (College of Engineering and Computing, Alghurair University, Dubai 37374, UAE)

  • Dawid Taler

    () (Faculty of Environmental Engineering, Cracow University of Technology, 31-864 Cracow, Poland)

  • Jan Taler

    () (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Thermal Power Engineering, Cracow University of Technology, 31-864 Cracow, Poland)

  • Marzena Nowak-Ocłoń

    () (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Thermal Power Engineering, Cracow University of Technology, 31-864 Cracow, Poland)

  • Karol Mzyk

    () (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Thermal Power Engineering, Cracow University of Technology, 31-864 Cracow, Poland)

  • Hoong Thiam Toh

    () (Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia International Campus, JalanSemarak, Kuala Lumpu 54100, Malaysia)

Abstract

In this paper, the effect of various shapes of ribs used in Solar Air Heaters (SAHs) was discussed. The review is concentrated on the geometry of the rib and its location on the SAH panel. Both numerical and experimental works were considered for discussion with dry air and Nano fluids as a working fluid. The influence of various shapes, such as an L shape, W shape, V shape, Multiple V shape, V shape with a gap, detachable & attachable ribs etc., was analyzed. The common fact observed from this analysis is that the implementation of artificial roughness in the absorber plate results in a considerable increase in the rate of heat transfer. Further, it is observed that ‘Multiple V-shaped with open between the ribs’ results in the maximum thermal enhancement when compared to the other shapes.

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  • Varun Kumar B. & G. Manikandan & P. Rajesh Kanna & Dawid Taler & Jan Taler & Marzena Nowak-Ocłoń & Karol Mzyk & Hoong Thiam Toh, 2018. "A Performance Evaluation of a Solar Air Heater Using Different Shaped Ribs Mounted on the Absorber Plate—A Review," Energies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(11), pages 1-20, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jeners:v:11:y:2018:i:11:p:3104-:d:181837
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    3. Hwi-Ung Choi & Kwang-Hwan Choi, 2020. "CFD Analysis on the Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow of Solar Air Heater having Transverse Triangular Block at the Bottom of Air Duct," Energies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 13(5), pages 1-19, March.
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    Keywords

    shape of rib; solar air heater; heat transfer; friction factor;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q4 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy
    • Q40 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - General
    • Q41 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Demand and Supply; Prices
    • Q42 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Alternative Energy Sources
    • Q43 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Energy and the Macroeconomy
    • Q47 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Energy Forecasting
    • Q48 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Government Policy
    • Q49 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Other

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