THE PERFORMANCE STUDY OF A SOLAR FLAT PLATE TYPE AIR COLLECTOR WITH NATURAL AND FORCED CONVECTION
In developing world, the usage of fossil fuel and electricity charges are being increased day by day and they produce more environmental pollution. In intention of the above factor, there is need to develop alternative energy with low cost. Solar power is one of the best ways to produce energy. Solar flat plate type air collector (SFPTAC) is widely used for many solar applications. Drying of agricultural food products is attractive and cost –effective application of solar power as it becomes a potentially viable substitute for fuel-wood in major development of the world. A SFPTAC is 2 × 1 m2 area and 5 mm thick aluminium sheet is coated with a black paint. An insulated collector of about 10cm thickness and inside is covered by the glass wool of thickness 25 mm are used on the surface of the enclosure. These tests were conducted to gather data from different atmospheric conditions. The results were examined by both the free and forced convection.
S. BABU SASI KUMAR AND M. CHINNAPANDIAN