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Volume 225, 2018UTP-UMP-VIT Symposium on Energy Systems 2018 (SES 2018)
|Number of page(s)
|Renewable and Non-renewable Energy Resources and Power Generation
|05 November 2018
Computational analysis of the inflow air slot size influence on solar vortex generator peformance
Solar Thermal Advanced Research Center, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, 32610 Bandar Seri Iskandar, Perak, Malaysia.
2 Department of Electromechanical Engineering, University of Technology, Baghdad, Iraq
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nowadays, attention is directed towards the possibilities of harnessing the potential of tornado by creating an artificial convective vortices for green electricity generation. In view of this research trending, a novel new solar vortex power generator, designed, fabricated and experimented at University Technology PETRONAS, Malaysia. In this paper, ANSYS - FLUENT 15 software was used to simulate the influence of inflow slot size on the vortex updraft velocity. Two cases hav been investigated. Case 1 with new dimension of 0.1 m width and guide vane height of 0.6 m. Whereas, case 2 with slot dimension of 0.3 m height and 0.15 m width. From the attained results, it could be deduced that the slot size is an important parameter which impacts on the vortex strength. The vortex exit velocity increased by 50% a nd by 2.6% for the case 1 and case 2, respectively. This indicates that the slot height is highly influencing the vortex strength. Thus far, the indexes from the numerical simulation can be used in re-designing of the inflow slot size for optimal performance.
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