Numerical analysis of a thermal storage tank as part of a 20 kW solar/gas adsorption air conditioning system

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The environmental conscience is bringing up significant methods and techniques to save energy and substitute the fossil fuel resources by renewable ones. The adsorption air conditioning system at LES-UFPB has been projected by this point of view, as it is powered by solar energy. Together with it, there is a thermal storage tank whose function is to store thermal energy as long as possible, since the solar radiation changes throughout the day. This article presents a tri dimensional numerical analysis, run in Fluent CFD software, looking for the effect of inlets and outlets flow on velocity and temperature fields inside the thermal storage tank. A grid independence study was carried out and the results of velocity and temperature fields at both transient and steady flow were presented and discussed.

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Adolfo, C., Moreira, G. A. A., Zeghmati, B., & Leite, A. P. F. (2014). Numerical analysis of a thermal storage tank as part of a 20 kW solar/gas adsorption air conditioning system. In Energy Procedia (Vol. 57, pp. 2600–2608). Elsevier Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2014.10.271

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