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Frontiers in Energy >> 2014, Volume 8, Issue 2 doi: 10.1007/s11708-014-0321-y

Experimental study of heat transfer coefficient with rectangular baffle fin of solar air heater

1. Mechanical Department and Mechanical Laboratory, University of Biskra, Biskra 07000, Algeria.2. Mechanical Department, University of Biskra, Biskra 07000, Algeria

Available online:2014-05-19

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This paper presents an experimental analysis of a single pass solar air collector with, and without using baffle fin. The heat transfer coefficient between the absorber plate and air can be considerably increased by using artificial roughness on the bottom plate and under the absorber plate of a solar air heater duct. An experimental study has been conducted to investigate the effect of roughness and operating parameters on heat transfer. The investigation has covered the range of Reynolds number from 1259 to 2517 depending on types of the configuration of the solar collectors. Based on the experimental data, values of Nusselt number have been determined for different values of configurations and operating parameters. To determine the enhancement in heat transfer and increment in thermal efficiency, the values of Nusselt have been compared with those of smooth duct under similar flow conditions.

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