A Gradient Maintenance Technique for Seawater Solar Ponds

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S. J. Kleis, Haoming Li, J. Shi

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-4792

J. Sol. Energy Eng 119(1), 8-12 (Feb 01, 1997) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2871862 History: Revised February 01, 1995; Received June 01, 1996; Online February 14, 2008


Seawater solar ponds are being evaluated as a means of reducing heat losses from thermal refuge areas in outdoor mariculture ponds during cold weather. The thermal refuge areas are intended to provide a reliable means of protecting fish crops from lethal cold water temperatures in the winter months. A continuous filling technique is demonstrated for use in gradient zone maintenance of the seawater solar ponds. The technique allows indefinite operation of the refuge areas with a minimal amount of fresh water.

Copyright © 1997 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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