Thermal modelling of a solar pond

Fonseca, T, Akbarzadeh, A and Andrews, J 2003, 'Thermal modelling of a solar pond', in Destination Renewables: From Research to Market, Melbourne, Australia, 26-29 November 2003, pp. 339-348.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Thermal modelling of a solar pond
Author(s) Fonseca, T
Akbarzadeh, A
Andrews, J
Year 2003
Conference name Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 26-29 November 2003
Proceedings title Destination Renewables: From Research to Market
Publisher Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Start page 339
End page 348
Total pages 10
Abstract A computer model of the operation of a solar pond is presented. The model is simple and easy to use, but avoids some of the simplifying assumptions used in earlier solar pond models. The new model predicts the temperature of the lower convective zone in a pond for a known solar radiation, ambient temperature variation, and zone thicknesses. The code for the model is written in Visual Basic 6, and Access database tables are used for storing both data and calculation results. The predictions of the model for a demonstration solar pond constructed by RMIT University with two industrial partners at Pyramid Hill in northern Victoria, Australia, are compared with actual measured lower convective zone temperatures. The model’s predictions conform closely to the recorded measured values.
Subjects Geothermics and Radiometrics
Copyright notice © 2003 Australia and New Zealand Solar Energy Society
ISBN 0975065017
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