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Computational Study on Estimating the Surface Heat Transfer Coefficient of Absorber Tube in Solar Parabolic Trough Collector
Saxena H, Santoki A, Awalgaonkar N, Jivani A, Gowtham G, ,
Published in Trans Tech Publications, Ltd.
Volume: 446-447
Pages: 1546 - 1551
Solar Parabolic Trough collectors are commonly used to harness the solar power for power generating applications involving high temperatures. In the given paper study we have made use of the SolTrace software which uses the Monte Carlo algorithm for finding out the radiation received on the absorber tube of the collector. The computational study was performed taking into account the solar radiation received at Vellore city in India (12.92oN, 79.13oE) as on 16th February 2013. Further a 3D model of the absorber tube used in the parabolic trough collector was created and meshed with the help of the Ansys Gambit software. The absorber tube which we considered for our study is made up of Stainless Steel AISI 302 material. The meshed model so created was then exported to the Ansys Fluent 6.3 software and simulations were performed for different mass flow rates of the fluid. The fluid which we used in the computational analysis study is Therminol 55. The temperature differences for different mass flow rates of the liquid passing through the absorber tube were found out and based on the temperature rise contours plots so obtained, we have plotted the surface heat transfer coefficient for the absorber tube. We also found out the static temperature contour plot for the fluid flowing through the given absorber tube taking into account the heat flux acting on the absorber tube due to the hourly and daily average solar radiation.
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JournalApplied Mechanics and Materials
PublisherTrans Tech Publications, Ltd.
Open AccessNo