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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2014/B41/S17.012

CFD SIMULATION OF HEAT TRANSFER PROCESS FOR A SOLAR THERMAL COLLECTOR

A. Cotorcea, M. Ristea, I. Visa, F. Nicolae
Wednesday 1 October 2014 by Libadmin2014

References: 14th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2014, www.sgem.org, SGEM2014 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-15-5 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 19-25, 2014, Book 4, Vol. 1, 85-92 pp

ABSTRACT
Solar thermal collectors are used all over the world, especially for domestic hot water
applications. In order to establish the feasibility of a solar thermal collector for a
specific location it must be taken into account, as input, variables like: global solar
radiation, wind speed, minimum and maximum air temperatures, etc. These data can be retrieved from weather stations, by accessing online dedicated resources or dedicated software. In present paper is analyzed heat transfer process inside solar collector by using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation. CFD simulation is a solution that uses numerical methods and algorithms to solve and analyze problems that involve fluid flows. Many times that can prove to be the cheapest and fastest way for verification and validation of technical solutions. As a location it was chosen city of Constanta (Romania), disposed on western coast of Black Sea.

Keywords: solar thermal collector, solar radiation, CFD simulation, heat transfer