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Intercomparison of Long-Term Performance Prediction Methods for a Flat-Plate Domestic Solar Water Heating System

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Huai S. Xue

Jiangsu Provincial Supervising and
Testing Research Institute for Products Quality,
Nanjing 210007, China

Contributed by the Solar Energy Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF SOLAR ENERGY ENGINEERING. Manuscript received February 26, 2013; final manuscript received December 12, 2013; published online January 10, 2014. Assoc. Editor: Werner Platzer.

J. Sol. Energy Eng 136(3), 034501 (Jan 10, 2014) (2 pages) Paper No: SOL-13-1069; doi: 10.1115/1.4026314 History: Received February 26, 2013; Revised December 12, 2013

Long-term performance estimations were performed on a nonstandard domestic solar water heating system by f-Chart, interactive F-Chart software, and φ¯,f-Chart methods. Results of estimations were compared to gain insight of their applicability. Results from F-Chart software and f-Chart agree well and are greater than those from the φ¯,f-Chart method. Energy dumping should be given thorough reconsideration for the refinement of f-Chart and F-Chart software.

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Grahic Jump Location
Fig. 2

Performance comparison among different methods for a flat-plate domestic solar water heating system with a month average incident angle modifier

Grahic Jump Location
Fig. 1

φ¯,f-Chart for a flat-plate domestic solar water heating system with a storage capacity of 315 kJ °C−1 m−2



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