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Title: Optimization of a Space Heating Solar System
Authors: Kara, Mashal
Advisor: Cleghorn, William L.
Keywords: solar panel
green energy
Issue Date: 28-Jan-2011
Abstract: With the rapid evolution of technology and globalization, our society has become highly dependant on the production of energy. As the threat of diminishing fossil fuels and the impact these technologies have on the environment, the need for renewable energy has become evident. In this project, we attempt to optimize an existing space heating solar technology using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software. Through a series of simulations and the construction of different predictive models, we were able to determine the optimal thickness, flow rate and pipe diameter for a space heating solar system. During our research we discovered that after optimizing the thickness of the panel we were unable improve the results by placing obstructions to increase the average flow paths length. These obstructions created too large of a resistance for the benefit they could offer. Further studies and experimental trials are needed to fully understand how each parameter affects the power output of the system and the power needed to run the system.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25978
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