Are baffles in indirect solar stroage tanks effective?

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Abstract

Parameters that control heat transfer and mixing in indirect solar storage tanks that employ immersed heat exchangers with baffles are identified and estimated. The analysis based on boundary layer theory provides insight on the effectiveness of a baffle in controlling growth of the thermal plume from the heat exchanger. Key design factors are the point of attachment of the plume on the baffle and the width of the baffle relative to the heat exchanger. A variable area baffle (VAB) is conceptualized for optimization of thermal performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME International Solar Energy Conference - Solar Engineering 2006
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
EventASME International Solar Energy Conference - Solar Engineering 2006 - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: Jul 9 2006Jul 13 2006

Publication series

NameInternational Solar Energy Conference
Volume2006
ISSN (Print)1546-8402

Conference

ConferenceASME International Solar Energy Conference - Solar Engineering 2006
CountryUnited States
CityDenver, CO
Period7/9/067/13/06

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    Kulacki, F. A., Davidson, J. H., & Hebert, M. (2006). Are baffles in indirect solar stroage tanks effective? In Proceedings of the ASME International Solar Energy Conference - Solar Engineering 2006 (International Solar Energy Conference; Vol. 2006).