Creating a TRNSYS Model of Spiral Flow Flat Plate Solar Water Heater (SFSWH) and Comparing Unique Results with Parallel Flow Flat Plate Collector
Selvadhurai M1, Vignesh Ponmurugan S2, Vijayakumar R3, Dillibabu V4

1Selvadhurai M, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical, Easwari Engineering College, Ramapuram, Chennai (Tamil Nadu), India. 

2Vignesh Ponmurugan S, Director, Ponmurugan & Co Constructions, Tuticorin, (Tamil Nadu), India. 

3Vijayakumar R, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical, National Engineering College, Kovilpatti, Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu), India. 

4Dillibabu V, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical, Easwari Engineering College, Ramapuram, Chennai (Tamil Nadu), India. 

Manuscript received on 04 October 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 18 October 2019 | Manuscript Published on 26 December 2019 | PP: 49-56 | Volume-8 Issue-12S October 2019 | Retrieval Number: L101910812S19/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijitee.L1019.10812S19

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Abstract: A unique SFSWH system is proposed for domestic hot water in Kovilpatti, TamilNadu, 9° 10′N 77°52′E. This SFSWH system is successfully simulated in TRNSYS Software and the results are clarified with the similarities of parallel flow solar water heater. Firstly, a complete model of spiral flow flat plate collector is formulated in TRNSYS software and taking into an account of heat transfer, outlet temperature and efficiency which are theoretically compared with parallel flow flat plate collector by means of TRNSYS simulation program. The SFSWH system performs a function with the assist of NASA surface Meteorology and solar energy year readings and with the assist of ISRO’s solar calculator application relative to Kovilpatti, Tamilnadu, India. To prove the accuracy of TRNSYS model of the SFSWH, an experimental setup is done at kovilpatti and required results were obtained under kovilpatti weather conditions. The validation of this SFSWH TRNSYS model simulation program is completed by checking the similarities between the predicted results from software with original results. This SFSWH TRNSYS model result shows the SFSWH is functioned more effectively compared with conventional parallel flow water heater. Thus TRNSYS model is reliable and which alternates the experimentation.

Keywords: SFSWH – Spiral Flow Solar Water Heater, TRNSYS.
Scope of the Article: Heat Transfer