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International Journal of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Abstract

The thermohydraulic performance of artificially roughened equilateral triangular solar air heater duct has been investigated and the comparision of the same has been presented with that of a conventional smooth solar air heater duct. The range of relative roughness height (e/Dh) is from 0.021 to 0.043, value of angle of attack (α) and relative roughness pitch (p/e) has been 30° and 8 respectively. The range of Reynolds number is from 5600 to 28000 and aspect ratio of the duct is 1.15. It has been found that the thermohydraulic performance of artificially roughened triangular solar air heater duct is always more than that of the smooth absorber plate in the range of Reynolds number investigated.

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