A distributed model for a tedlar-foil flat plate solar collector

M. A. Minn, K. C. Ng*, W. H. Khong, T. Melvin

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A theoretical simulation of flat plate collector performance, with temperature-dependency for material and coolant properties, is presented and the simulation is performed without asserting an a priori value for an overall heat loss coefficient of the collector. This approach differs from many previous works reported in the literature. For a given meteorological condition as well as key design parameters of collector as inputs, the model describes a 2-D absorber plate where its temperature distributions along with the coolant channels can be predicted. A comparison between the theoretical predictions and the experimentally measured data show good agreement to within 4%. The distributed modeling of a collector described in this paper is deemed to be a useful tool for the design of solar collectors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)507-523
Number of pages17
JournalRenewable Energy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Distributed model
  • Efficiency curve
  • Overall heat loss coefficient
  • Temperature profiles
  • Temperature-dependent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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