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[en] In this paper, experimental investigation of the molten metal jet's colliding and spreading behaviors on the flat steel surface covered with water layer was carried out. High-frequency induction heating system was utilized to produce the molten metal sample and it was released to the wet surface from a fixed elevation. As the molten metal collides against the surface, it rapidly goes through solidification while spreading on the wet surface. High-speed thermo-camera was utilized to measure the molten metal's surface temperature during the spreading transient. Once the molten metal completely solidifies, molten metal's spread area and thickness were measured. From the obtained database, a dimensional analysis was conducted to investigate the key parameters responsible for the molten metal spreading on the wet surface. Based on the key non-dimensional parameters identified in the current analysis, the new empirical correlation was proposed. Its predictive capability was found to be 18.9% in mean absolute relative deviation.
[en] Highlights: ► Which is better, to operate a heating system continuously under low boiler temperature or intermittently otherwise. ► Previous investigations were based on different building and operating conditions, such as those of Europe. ► Optimum boiler operation for different levels of insulations was obtained for Jordan. - Abstract: In this work, a comparative study of continuous versus intermittent heating in homes was performed. The thermal response factor and intermittent heating factor was found for a typical apartment building in Amman, Jordan. A comparison between several wall, roof, and floor constructions and several levels of insulation thickness was made and the heating load calculations for those constructions (steady state analysis and dynamic behavior) were performed. It was found that more comfort and more fuel saving and less initial and running costs were achieved when continuous heating at low temperature was adopted. Also, the optimization of continuous and intermittent heating was studied in order to minimize fuel economy and maximize thermal comfort. It was found that for high insulated apartment buildings, the continuous operation of the boiler at low water temperature is more economical than when it is operated intermittently at high temperature for more than 14 h per day.
[en] Highlights: • A new methodology to determine the pre-setting of a control valve was presented. • Exemplary calculations were performed for control valves for heating installations. • The results were compared with results obtained from alternative methodologies. • The proposed methodology returns results consistent with experimental data. • Proposed methodology in some cases is more accurate and versatile than compared ones. - Abstract: This paper presents and discusses a new methodology to determine the pre-setting of the radiator and balancing control valve, as one of the basic parameters in the process of the heating installation hydraulic balancing. Example calculations are also made for selected control valves using the proposed and alternative methodologies, including the methodology generally accepted and used in practice. A comparison of the results is presented. It is shown that the proposed methodology gives results consistent with experimental data. It is also more accurate and versatile than the other methodologies discussed in the paper
[en] The solar heating industry in Europe has reached maturity after more than two decades of technical development. High quality systems are now available with reliability and durability of the products being assured. The European solar market, now the world's largest, has been growing since the late 1980s, despite the fact that conventional energy sources are usually available and inexpensive. This is a new phenomenon and marks the beginning of changes in energy supply and consumption that will be experienced throughout the world in this new century. Almost 10 million square metres of solar thermal collectors now exist in Europe saving more than 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions and about 500,000 tonnes of oil. The solar heating industry has created some 10,000 jobs. (author)
[en] Coal-condensing power is marginal production in the deregulated Nordic power market and an increase in electricity consumption will therefore result in increased CO2 emissions. One goal of the Swedish energy policy is to reduce the amount of electricity used for heating in the building sector. This paper investigates the potential for reduction in electricity dependency and CO2 emissions from heating, taking the energy infrastructure into account, here defined as the capital stock of the buildings and heating systems together with geographical variations in heat intensity. In order to include the energy infrastructure in the analysis the study is made on a regional level (Southern Sweden) applying a comprehensive database describing the energy infrastructure of the region. The paper compares two scenarios for converting the heating systems of the region: one employing energy savings and with the aim to phase out the oil and most of the electricity used for heating purposes and a second which illustrates the effect if the current trend in the heating market continues. Both scenarios apply commercially available technologies only. From the second scenario it is seen that the current trend-contrary to the aim of the Swedish Governmental policy-shows an increase in electricity dependency for heating, mainly due to a large diffusion of heat pumps, but also due to installations of electrical floor heating and electricity heating systems installed in newly constructed one- and two-dwelling buildings. However, the options proposed in first scenario show that it is possible to reach significant reductions in the electricity dependency due to heating and in corresponding CO2 emissions. An analysis of the age structure of the heating systems shows that the transformation of the heating system is not completed until the year 2025, if new investments for replacement of heating systems are made only provided they have reached their economical life time, and only applying heating technologies which at present are known to be economically competitive. It can be concluded that future policies on transforming the energy system should be based on an analysis that takes the entire energy infrastructure (in this case of heating system) into account (e.g. not directed towards single technologies). More specifically for the region studied, which is considered representative for Sweden as a whole, policies should aim at installing heat pumps to replace electricity heating only in regions with low heat density where district heating is not competitive, in contrary to the present situation where heat pumps replace all types of heating systems
[en] Jordan is relatively poor in conventional energy resources and is basically a non-oil producing country, i.e. its energy supply relies to a very large extent on imports. It is therefore unlikely that any future energy scenario for Jordan will not include a significant proportion of its energy to come from renewable sources such as solar energy. The lack of an integrated energy saving system which utilizes the solar energy for domestic hot water as well as for building space heating was the main motivation for the present study. In Jordan, there is no existing system can provide the integration mechanisms of solar energy and fuel combustion with electrical ones. Also adding new and related products increases sales of current boilers products and can be offered at competitive prices. During our investigations, it has been found that the market demand for boiler-solar integration system in terms of the system acceptability, system feasibility, and system values is very high especially after the increased in oil prices during the last 3 years, i.e. 2006-2008. The market trend shows that even though solar collector is not attractive as an energy source for domestic hot water, but the combined system for space heating and domestic hot water is fully accepted. However, the market demand for such a system is not completely identified yet but the awareness and the discussion of the idea shows a good potential. The economical study about the integration system of boiler and solar energy shows that using solar water heaters to heat space and for domestic water is cost-effective. Payback can be as low as 3 years, and utility bills are much lower than they would be using a conventional heating system. The initial draft and design of a prototype for the boiler-solar-electrical integration system has been carried out. (author)
[en] A new solar collection system integrated on the façade of a building is investigated for Dutch climate conditions. The solar collection system includes a solar façade, a receiver tube and 10 Fresnel lenses. The Fresnel lenses Fresnel lenses considered were linear, non-imaging, line – focused with a system tracking the position of the sun that ensures vertical incidence of the direct solar radiation on the lenses. For the heating system a double-effect absorption heat pump, which requires high temperature of the heating fluid, was used, working with water and lithium-bromide as refrigerant and solution respectively. The Fresnel lens system is connected with the absorption heat pump through a thermal energy storage tank which accumulates the heat from the Fresnel lens system to provide it to the high pressure generator of the absorption heat pump. - Highlights: • The integration of Fresnel lenses in solar thermal building façades is investigated. • Using building integrated Fresnel lenses, 43% heating energy can be saved. • Energy savings in Mediterranean countries are significantly larger. • The absorption heat pump could make great contribution to energy savings for Dutch climate conditions
[en] The purpose of this article is to assess the value of entransy for use in the thermal system engineering domain and in particular for design. The conclusion is that use of entransy is not recommended. This finding is in keeping with increasing uneasiness that has emerged recently in the technical literature about this concept. Throughout this article emphasis is on concise discussions of salient entransy aspects and the presentation is shaped to reach a broad technical audience. Accordingly, because secondary entransy aspects do not play a central role in reaching the above recommendation, they are considered only in passing or deferred. - Highlights: • A methodology for analysis, design, and optimization of thermal systems. • Entransy is not recommended for use in thermal system engineering. • Components of actual thermal systems do not operate ideally on any basis. • Entropy and exergy rest firmly on the second law of thermodynamics. • Entransy arises by analogy
[en] This study is focused on obtaining intelligent structures manufactured from shape memory polymers possessing the ability to change their geometry in successive or 'step-by-step' actions. This objective has been reached by changing the conventionally used shape memory activation systems (heating resistance, laser or induction heating). The solution set out consists in using Peltier cells as a heating system capable of heating (and activating) a specific zone of the device in the first activation, while the opposite zone keeps its original geometry. By carefully reversing the polarity of the electrical supply to the Peltier cell, in the second activation, the as yet unchanged zone is activated while the already changed zone in the first activation remains unaltered. We have described the criteria for the selection, calibration and design of this alternative heating (activation) system based on the thermoelectric effect, together with the development of different 'proof of concept' prototypes that have enabled us to validate the concepts put forward, as well as suggest future improvements for 'intelligent' shape memory polymer-based devices
[en] This article focuses on applications of solar energy in Scandinavia. The development of retrofit solar techniques for houses, use of solar collectors, solar district heating, the Danish National Solar Test Laboratory for thermal and photovoltaic solar collectors, solar architecture, and solar equipment manufacturers are considered. (UK)