What is the best solution to improve thermal performance of storage tanks with immersed heat exchangers: Baffles or a divided tank?

Aaron D. Wade, Jane H Davidson, Julia F. Haltiwanger

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Abstract

Prior studies of indirect water storage tanks that employ an immersed heat exchanger to discharge the stored energy identified two potential methods of improving the rate of energy extraction: (1) an internal baffle to increase the velocity across the heat exchanger and (2) a divided storage compartment to achieve thermal stratification. The relative benefits of the two options are compared and recommendations for implementation are provided based in part on measurements in a 350 l tank with a 10 m long, 0.3 m2 coiled tubular heat exchanger.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345031-345035
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Solar Energy Engineering, Transactions of the ASME
Volume131
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2009

Keywords

  • Heat exchanger
  • Hot water
  • Storage

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