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Thermal Performance Predictions and Sensitivity Analysis for a Parallel Flow Solar Regenerator

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P. Gandhidasan

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad, West Indies

J. Sol. Energy Eng 105(2), 224-228 (May 01, 1983) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3266369 History: Received May 24, 1982; Online November 11, 2009

Abstract

One of the efficient methods of regenerating the weak absorbent solution using solar energy is the forced flow regeneration system. This paper describes a forced flow solar regenerator in which the absorbent solution to be concentrated flows as a thin film over the absorber and the water evaporating from the solution due to absorption of solar energy is removed by forced air stream, which flow parallel to the liquid film. A theoretical model, which includes the variation of rate of evaporation of water along the flow length of the regenerator, has been used to examine the thermal performance of the regenerator. Changes in thermal performance are reported in terms of the ratio of solution flow rate to air flow rate and the amount of water evaporated from the absorbent solution.

Copyright © 1983 by ASME
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