Analysis of Boiling Flat-Plate Collectors

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H. W. Price, S. A. Klein, W. A. Beckman

Solar Energy Laboratory, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706

J. Sol. Energy Eng 108(2), 150-157 (May 01, 1986) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3268083 History: Received March 01, 1985; Online November 11, 2009


A detailed model for use with TRNSYS, capable of modelling a wide range of boiling collector types, was used to analyze boiling flat-plate collector systems. This model can account for a subcooled liquid entering the collector, heat losses in the vapor and the liquid return line, pressure drops due to friction in the collector and piping, and pressure drops due to the hydrostatic head of the fluid. The model has been used to determine the yearly performance of boiling flat-plate solar collector systems. A simplified approach was also developed which can be used with the f-Chart method to predict yearly performance of boiling flat-plate collector systems.

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