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Thermal analysis of a novel fibre-reinforced plastic solar hot water storage tank

P.N. Nwosu and D. Agbiogwu

Energy, 2013, vol. 60, issue C, 109-115

Abstract: A fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) hot water storage tank was developed in the present study. The main object for the development of the tank was to provide a long term storage unit that can efficiently retain and deliver stored hot water from solar collectors, and several other sources of hydrothermal fluids. A specific object was to use low-cost materials which can be easily moulded into a variety of shapes without requiring highly specialized industrial processes, as well as reduce the weight of the tank while making it withstand pressures substantially above the ambient. Results confirmed a superior storage performance over time with minimal losses. A thermal analysis was performed which showed that ambient and geometric parameters as well as the tank insulation material properties can significantly impact the storage performance.

Keywords: Solar; Thermosyphon; Fibre-reinforced plastic; Storage tank (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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