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University of Iowa (2014)

Design, fabrication and analysis of thermal storage solar cooker prototype for use in Rajasthan, India

Mercer Matthew Damon

Titre : Design, fabrication and analysis of thermal storage solar cooker prototype for use in Rajasthan, India

Auteur : Mercer Matthew Damon

Université de soutenance : University of Iowa

Grade : MS (Master of Science) 2014

Résumé
Sustainable energy solutions are necessary in developing nations as current food preparation practices are becoming harmful to the environment, economic development and the overall health of the population. The purpose of this study was to create a Scheffler reflector-based system prototype, experimentally analyze the system and to predict its behavior when subjected to the solar conditions of Rajasthan, India. Former designs from India, the University of Iowa and several other institutions were consulted during the formulation of the prototype design. While consulting a specific set of design constraints, pertinent to developing counties, a Scheffler reflector and tracking stand were fabricated. Solutions for a thermal storage unit were investigated for eventual integration with the prototype. Solar flux data for Iowa and India was used to predict the amount of energy transmitted by the reflector. Experiments were designed and completed to observe the temperatures experienced at the focal point of the reflector and estimate the energy stored by a steel mass. A series of sun angles, monthly solar flux data and experimental data were used to predict the performance of the storage unit, over a three day span, in Rajasthan. Aspects of the system were then modified to investigate their effects on the temperature of the storage unit.

Mots clés : cooking, india, scheffler, solar, thermal storage

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