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Employing exergy-optimized pin fins in the design of an absorber in a solar air heater

Nwachukwu P. Nwosu

Energy, 2010, vol. 35, issue 2, 571-575

Abstract: Fins serve as heat transfer augmentation features in solar air heaters however they increase pressure drop in flow channels. Pin fins are relatively good heat transfer augmentation features with superior aerodynamic performance and as a result find application in some solar air heaters. The exergy optimization method is employed in sizing the pin fin. Results indicate that high efficiency of the optimized fin improves the heat absorption and dissipation potential of a solar air heater. With optimum fin efficiency and superior absorptive coating quality, useful energy losses can be minimized. Some important observations pertinent in design are made.

Keywords: Entropy generation number; Solar Air Heater; Coating (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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