Numerical Analisys of a Water Heating System Using a Flat Plate Solar Collector

William Quitiaquez, José Estupiñán-Campos, C. A. Isaza-Roldán, Fernando Toapanta-Ramos, Andrés Lobato-Campoverde

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The objective of the present research work was to carry out a numerical analysis by means of CFD of a flat plate solar collector, in addition to a comparison with experimental results. The working fluid reached a maximum outlet temperature of 20.16 °C at 12:00, the value of solar radiation was determined for the geographical coordinates latitude -0.2252 and longitude -77.84; similarly, at this time it was possible to obtain a temperature of 27.12 °C on the collector surface, as peak value. The lowest performance of the heat transfer device was determined at 10:00 with an outlet water temperature and maximum temperature on the collector surface of 18.65 and 20.48 °C, respectively. The experimental results showed a maximum temperature of 20.93 °C and a minimum temperature of 19.4 °C, resulting in a 4.01 % error between the computational simulation and the experimental data.
Translated title of the contributionAnálisis Numérico de un Sistema de Calentamiento de Agua Utilizando un Colector Solar de Placa Plana
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-106
Number of pages10
Issue number24
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors thank the Universidad Politécnica Sale-siana, Universidad Pontifica Bolivariana and the «Ener-gética 2030» alliance (Research Program with code No. 58667), for the call «778-2017 Scientific Ecosystem» of COLCIENCIAS, financed by the World Bank. The research program is administered by the Ministe-rio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (Minciencias) through contract No. FP44842-210-2018.

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  • Cfd simulation
  • Collector
  • Solar energy
  • Temperature

CACES Knowledge Areas

  • 317A Electricity and Energy


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