Heat pipe dynamics. Final report, April 30, 1981. [Uses of heat pipe, especially in solar collector] Page: 6 of 17
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RAYFORD M. NORMAN SR.
HEAT-PIPS FLAT PLATE SOLAR COLLECTOR
Constructed as typical Solar Collector excepting that individual
Heat-Pipes attached to collector surface transfers the collected
energy via a phase change (steam) from collector surface into an
attached jacket, that may contain any number of different transfer
mediums. Air, Water, Oil, Wax, Vegetable oil or shortening, Any
of the various phase change materials.- Phase change materials may
in fact, provide a double phase change, thus boosting over-all
Imbedded in the transfer medium is the heat exchanger, transfer-
ring the heat from the medium into storage. I believe efficiencies
of 70% to be easily attained.
CONCLUSION: ' I believe the Heat-Pipe concept offers tremendous
new possibilities in the development and use of solar energy. In
this report I would like to elaborate on just two fantastic ideas.
First, I have conducted limited experiments“with recirculating a small
amount of water (five gallons) in my project .collector. I have s
attained extremely high temperatures. I believe that a single
collector operating thusly, could power an absorption refrigeration
unit that could produce enough ice in a cold water air conditioning
system, in one collection day, to cool an office or home for
several days. This would be super efficiency.
Secondly, As a passive heating unit, the Heat=Pipe offers
exciting possibilities. One such possibility that I am exploring
is a window unit that would be as easily installed as any window
air conditioner. This unit will heat one or more rooms all day
on sunny days and store enough energy to work well into the next
day. Regulation of temperature could be attained by Opening-Closing
vents within the storage compartment. Such a unit would be a Do-It-
Yourselfer’s dream. No plumbing, Mo Electricity, Not even a Plug-in.
Here’s what’s next.
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Norman, R.M. Sr. Heat pipe dynamics. Final report, April 30, 1981. [Uses of heat pipe, especially in solar collector], report, January 1, 1981; United States. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1092296/m1/6/: accessed March 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.