Design and Measured Performance of a Solar Chimney for Natural Circulation Solar Energy Dryers

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O. V. Ekechukwu

Energy Research Centre, University of Nigeria, Naukka, Nigeria

B. Norton

PROBE, Centre for Performance Research on the Built Environment, Department of Building and Environmental Engineering, University of Ulster, Newtownabbey BT37 OQB, Ireland

J. Sol. Energy Eng 118(1), 69-71 (Feb 01, 1996) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2847956 History: Received March 01, 1994; Revised May 01, 1995; Online February 14, 2008


An experimental solar chimney consisted of a cylindrical polyethylene-clad vertical chamber supported by steel framework and draped internally with a selectively absorbing surface. The performance of the chimney which was monitored extensively is reported. Issues related to the design and construction of solar chimneys for natural circulation solar energy dryers are discussed.

Copyright © 1996 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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