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A Review on Experimental and Numerical Investigations on Using Nanofluid in Volumetric Solar Energy Collectors

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Siamak Mirmasoumi

Chabahar Maritime University, Chabahar, Sistan va Baluchestan, Iran

Mohammad Pourgol-Mohammad

Sahand University of Technology, Sahand, Azarbaijan e Sharghi, Iran

Paper No. IMECE2014-40339, pp. V08BT10A048; 8 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 8B: Heat Transfer and Thermal Engineering
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 14–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4956-9
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


By a simple research in the scholarly articles, it can be realized that the tendency to using solar thermal energy has risen in the recent years due to its many reasonable advantages. In conventional solar thermal systems, HTFs (Heat Transfer Fluids) are pumped through the piping of a solar collector and after absorbing the solar radiant energy conveys it to water to make steam. No need to say that this method contains some losses via all methods of heat transfer. To solve this problem, researchers have shown that with direct steam generation, in which working fluid directly absorbs solar thermal and becomes vapor, solar power plants have the potential to be more productive. However, the aforesaid conventional HTFs don’t have efficient enough thermal properties and need to be improved. For this reason using nanofluid has become to some extent popular in heat transfer facilities like solar thermal collectors. In the present study, we are going to identify the advantages and disadvantages of using nanoparticles in direct solar absorption systems (DSASs). To achieve this, a general review on the experimental and numerical studies in this field is done. Additionally some of the most effective particles for such a special case, in which particles should have good radiative characteristics, are introduced. Finally, after discussion about the highlighted challenges of using nanofluids in DSASs, some helpful suggestions to overcome these problems will be presented.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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