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Prediction of solar pond performance parameters using artificial neural network
, , M Chandrasekar
Published in Inderscience Publishers
Volume: 11
Issue: 2
Pages: 141 - 150
In this paper, artificial neural networks (ANNs) model was used to predict the performance parameters of a laboratory model salinity gradient solar pond (SGSP), which is used for supplying hot water. Experiments were conducted on three different solar ponds provided with and without twisted tapes in the flow passage of the in-pond heat exchanger during the month of May 2015 at Chennai weather conditions in India. The performance parameters of solar pond such as outlet water temperature, efficiency of solar pond and effectiveness of in-pond heat exchanger were determined experimentally for two different flow rates of Reynolds numbers 1,746 and 8,729. The experimental data obtained from the observations were utilised for training, validating and testing the proposed artificial neural network model. The parameters like incident solar radiation, inlet water temperature, lower convective zone (LCZ) temperature and flow rate are responsible for the outlet water temperature of the solar pond. Based on the experimental readings as inputs a computational program was developed in Python. This program was trained using artificial neural network with back propagation algorithm to predict the outlet water temperature of the in-pond heat exchanger. The results predicted using the model developed is in good agreement with the experimental results. © 2019 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
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JournalInternational Journal of Computer Aided Engineering and Technology
PublisherInderscience Publishers
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