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Review on Parabolic Trough Solar Collectors Systems Using Computational Fluid Dynamics

Abhishek Tiwari, C.S. Koli

Abstract


Parabolic trough collectors are commonly utilized to recover solar energy with solar energy based on a single cylindrical absorber tube. The conventional design of the absorber tube is characterized by a smooth surface. The heat transfer to fluid from the smooth surface is less as the flow is largely laminar. To augment heat transfer, artificial roughness is incorporated which disrupts the flow and makes it turbulent and thus increases turbulent flow heat transfer rate. Two different types of artificial roughness are commonly utilized for analysis i.e. C shape and V shape. The analysis can be done using Computational Fluid Dynamics in ANSYS CFX software under steady-state conditions. This paper provides a detailed description of parabolic trough collectors for solar energy utilization and their types.  This survey will be useful to show good growth in heat transfer rate with the usage of artificial roughness.


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