Investigating effect of different reflective surfaces on solar thermal collector

Yow Long Chua, Kiat Keong Chin, Tee Tiong Tay

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Abstract

This paper reports on the experiments conducted to investigate the efficiency of different type of reflecting surfaces used on solar thermal collector. Three types of commonly available reflective surfaces coated with silver colour acrylic paint, reflective aluminium foil and blank compact disc are investigated. In this paper, the effect of different reflective surfaces on the water container and parabolic concentrator dish are investigated. In the first experiment, two types of surfaces, coated with silver colour acrylic paint and black colour acrylic paint on an aluminium container are compared. The other factors that might influence the experiment outcome like the material, focal point, and weather condition are kept constant. The experiment results proved that black colour surface is better in absorbing heat reflected by the parabolic dish. The second experiment focused on investigating the effect of different reflective surfaces on the parabolic concentrator dish itself. These surfaces are tested on a parabolic disc of a static solar thermal collector that reflects heat from the sun to a body of water stored in a black colour aluminium container. The temperature of the water is measured at a predetermined interval to measure the efficiency of the reflective surfaces used. It is found that the aluminium reflective surface performed the best compared to the other surfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication3rd International Materials, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Conference, MIMEC 2017
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
Volume1902
ISBN (Electronic)9780735415904
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 07 Nov 2017
Event3rd International Materials, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Conference, MIMEC 2017 - Miri, Malaysia
Duration: 06 Dec 201708 Dec 2017

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Other3rd International Materials, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Conference, MIMEC 2017
CountryMalaysia
CityMiri
Period06/12/1708/12/17

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parabolic reflectors
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paints
containers
aluminum
concentrators
silver
water
heat
blanks
weather
foils
sun
intervals

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Chua, Y. L., Chin, K. K., & Tay, T. T. (2017). Investigating effect of different reflective surfaces on solar thermal collector. In 3rd International Materials, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Conference, MIMEC 2017 (Vol. 1902). [020058] American Institute of Physics Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5010675
Chua, Yow Long ; Chin, Kiat Keong ; Tay, Tee Tiong. / Investigating effect of different reflective surfaces on solar thermal collector. 3rd International Materials, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Conference, MIMEC 2017. Vol. 1902 American Institute of Physics Inc., 2017.
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Investigating effect of different reflective surfaces on solar thermal collector. / Chua, Yow Long; Chin, Kiat Keong; Tay, Tee Tiong.

3rd International Materials, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Conference, MIMEC 2017. Vol. 1902 American Institute of Physics Inc., 2017. 020058.

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