Design and construction of a solar collector for teaching purposes

Grassick, Bruce (2006) Design and construction of a solar collector for teaching purposes. [USQ Project] (Unpublished)

Abstract

The focus of this project is the design and construction of a solar water heating system that can be used as a teaching aid in high schools. The System will have to be adjustable to show the students how different variables and settings affect the performance of the system. This will help teach the students about the different forms of heat transfer which are, conduction, convection, and radiation. The solar water heating system also needs to be portable so it can be moved around. An investigation into the different types of water heating systems was done in order to get the best system design for the final system. Simplicity and reliability were key factors in the design process. The cost of the unit was also an important consideration and influenced the final design. Safety was also an important factor in the design process, not only for construction but also for the finished product. The system is used to heat water up so various parts of the system as well as the circulating water will get hot. The temperature of the water in the system will be hot enough to give someone a moderate burn. To avoid this, all parts will have to be well insulated and warning labels need to be in place. The final design will have temperature and how sensors installed to give an accurate measurement on how the different variables affect the performance of the system. These devices will need to be user-friendly so the high school students can use them. On completion of this project the system will be designed so it can be made using readily available materials, and simple enough to be made in a normal workshop. There will also be detailed drawings and instructions that will allow anyone to build this system.


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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Access to this project permanently restricted at author's request.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:02
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: solar collector; education; radiation; thermosiphon; temperature
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091305 Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage Engineering
09 Engineering > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090703 Environmental Technologies
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2309

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