Thermal Stratification Enhancement for Solar Energy Applications.
COLORADO STATE UNIV FORT COLLINS DEPT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
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A study is presented that shows methods to enhance stratification in liquid storage tanks. The report focusses on the development of a passive inlet distributor which minimizes mixing between incoming and stored fluids at unlike temperatures. Theoretical analyses and scale model tests were performed. Computer simulations were used to compare mixed storage with stratified storage in a solar space heating system. Test results showed that in some cases nearly ideal stratification can be obtained and the computer simulations indicated that the load carrying capability of a solar system may be increased 5-10 through the use of stratified storage. Author
- Energy Storage