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Solar collector efficiency testing unit

Moussa, Hany (2009) Solar collector efficiency testing unit. Other thesis, Murdoch University.



This Thesis report addresses some of the modifications implemented on a pre-existing project in aim to satisfy the 'Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2535.1:2007' for a Solar Collector Efficiency Testing Unit. The prime objective of this assignment was to further improve on the performance of the testing unit by constricting the process parameter readings within the accuracy bounds quoted by the standard. Successful delivery of the project task will permit the testing unit to fulfil its intended purpose of allowing several tests to be conducted on the Solar Collector on a daily basis rather than the traditional one test per day arrangement.

The scope of this text provides careful analysis and adjustment procedures to certain aspects of concern that were believed to be potentially responsible for the existing accuracy failures. Thorough tests and experiments were conducted on all suspected factors of the setup as an empirical elimination process to ultimately identify which factors were causing the main concern in relation to accuracy. Significant progress has been made on the accuracy limitation; however the results obtained suggest that it still marginally fails to abide within the bounds declared by the AS/NZS standard.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Energy
Supervisor(s): Lee, Gareth
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