Experimental research and numerical simulations of a ceramic panel used for solar energy conversion

Mirosław Żukowski , Grzegorz Woroniak , Joanna Beata Piotrowska-Woroniak


The paper presents the results of the laboratory testing and numerical simulations of ceramic solar panels. The experimental research was carried out in artificial (laboratory) operating conditions. Rise in temperature and pressure drop of the fluid flowing through the collector was measured. As a result of the tests, the linear relationship between efficiency and reduced temperature difference was determined. While the pressure drop was approximated by the exponential function. Another research method based on numerical modelling using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) algorithms was applied in this study. The three-dimensional geometric model of the ceramic panel was developed using the application included in the Ansys v. 19.2 package. The data obtained from computer simulations were compared with the results of the experiment to validate the numerical model. In order to find potential opportunities to increase the efficiency and due to the fact that the ceramic panel can be made in various inlet and outlet configurations, three simulation cases were considered: diagonal, top – bottom, and left – right. As the results of numerical calculations showed, the largest flow irregularity occurred in the last configuration. Based on the analysis of the test results, it can be concluded that, in spite of some disadvantages, ceramic panels can compete with traditional solar collectors currently available on the market.
Author Mirosław Żukowski (FCEE / HVAC)
Mirosław Żukowski,,
- Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Department (HVAC Department)
, Grzegorz Woroniak (FCEE / HVAC)
Grzegorz Woroniak,,
- Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Department (HVAC Department)
, Joanna Beata Piotrowska-Woroniak (FCEE / HVAC)
Joanna Beata Piotrowska-Woroniak,,
- Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Department (HVAC Department)
Journal seriesSolar Energy, ISSN 0038-092X, (N/A 140 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishCeramic solar collectors,Computational Fluid Dynamics, Flow performance, Thermal efficiency, Renewable energy sources
ASJC Classification2105 Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment; 2500 General Materials Science
Internal identifierROC 19-20
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)140
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 140.0, 12-02-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 1.791; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 4.674 (2) - 2018=4.807 (5)
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