A Stochastic Analysis of a Solar Heated and Cooled House

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Wiwut Tanthapanichakoon

Department of Chemical Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

D. M. Himmelblau

Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712

J. Sol. Energy Eng 103(2), 158-166 (May 01, 1981) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3266222 History: Received March 02, 1981; Online November 11, 2009


Monte Carlo simulation techniques have been used to characterize the stochastic responses of the components of a solar heated and cooled house. Random variables with specified ensemble means, standard deviations, and probability distributions were introduced as inputs and parameters into the model equations for the house, and the equations solved repeatedly to provide samples of the component outputs. The character of the frequency distributions of the outputs, their means and standard deviations, and time statistics are discussed as well as implications with respect to the design of similar systems.

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