Freegah, Basim, Asim, Taimoor, Mishra, Rakesh and Zala, Karina (2015) Numerical Investigations on the Effects of Transient Heat Input and Loading Conditions on the Performance of a Single-phase Closed-loop Thermo-syphon. In: 42nd National Conference on Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Power, 14th - 16th December 2015, Surathkal, India. (Unpublished)

One of the most important sources of renewable energy is solar energy, which is readily available throughout the world. There is a requirement to make the solar energy affordable for everyday use in order to minimise the present reliance on fossil fuels. This would also assist in meeting the requirements of limiting greenhouse-gas effects, and hence conserve the environment from pollution, global warming, ozone layer depletion, etc. Thermo-syphons are systems that capture solar energy using a working fluid. In the present study, Computational Fluid Dynamics based solver has been employed to carry out an extensive investigation on the performance analysis of a thermo-syphon operating under transient conditions. There has been limited research conducted on the transient performance of thermo-syphons. This study focuses on the effects of various heat flux inputs and thermal loading conditions on the performance of a closed-loop solar hot water thermo-syphon system. The study reveals that the effect of heat flux input on heat transfer coefficient is dominant as compared to thermal loading. The results provided here can be used to optimally design thermo-syphon systems. Furthermore, it has been demonstrated that Computational Fluid Dynamics can be used as an effective tool to analyse the performance of a thermo-syphon with reasonable accuracy.

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