Perfromance of an improved solar car ventilator

Saidur, Rahman and Masjuki, Haji Hassan and Hasanuzzaman, M. (2009) Perfromance of an improved solar car ventilator. International Journal of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, 4 (1). pp. 24-34. ISSN 1823-0334,

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The ventilator inhales fresh air from outside into the inside cabin of a vehicle and exhales hot air to the outside. On a sunny day, solar energy can be used to run the ventilator, and to charge the battery simultaneously. During a cloudy day, the ventilator can be driven by the battery. In this paper, heat transfer and energy balance inside the car were investigated. Moreover power consumption of the motor, power produced from the solar panel, radiation effect and battery charging time were investigated. The present study suggests that the motor in the existing ventilator should be replaced by a high speed motor. It is found that more electricity is needed for high speed motor in an improved ventilator. In this paper, a commercially available ventilator has been modified to improve its performance. The modification has increased air flow rate from 20 cfm to 110.5 cfm. The improved ventilator provided at least 11 better result of reducing the temperature inside a car compared to the existing one.

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Additional Information: Cited By (since 1996): 5 Export Date: 6 December 2012 Source: Scopus Language of Original Document: English Correspondence Address: Saidur, R.; Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; email: References: Mezrhab, A., Bouzidi, M., Computation of thermal comfort inside a passenger car compartment (2006) Applied Thermal Engineering, 26 (14-15), pp. 1697-1704; Bureau, C., Kampf, H., Taxis-Reischl, B., Traebert, A., Mayer, E., Schwab, R., Method to assess thermal comfort (2003) Vehicle Thermal Management Systems Conference Proceedings, pp. 223-233. , SAE paper No. C599/005/2003; Martinho, N.A.G., Silva, M.C.G., Ramos, J.A.E., Evaluation of thermal comfort in a vehicle cabin (2004) Proceedings of the I MECH E Part D, Journal of Automobile Engineering, 218 (2), pp. 159-166; Farrington, R.B., Anderson, R., Blake, D.M., Burch, S.D., Cuddy, M.R., Keyser, M.A., Rugh, J.P., Challenges and potential solutions for reducing climate control loads in conventional and hybrid electric vehicles (1999) Vehicle Thermal Management Systems Conference VTMS4, , London; Jaksic, N.I., Salahifar, C., A feasibility study of electrochromic windows in vehicles (2003) Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 79, pp. 409-423; David Huang, K., Tzeng, S.-C., Ma, W.-P., Wu, M.-F., Intelligent solar-powered automobile-ventilation system (2005) Applied Energy, 80, pp. 141-154; Botterill, J.S.M., Williams, J.R., The mechanism of heat transfer to gas-fluidized beds (1963) Trans Inst Chem Eng, 41, pp. 217-230; Ziegler, E.N., Koppel, L.B., Brazelton, W.T., Effects of solid thermal properties on heat transfer to gas fluidized bed (1964) I&EC Fundam, 3 (4), pp. 324-328; Gengel, Y.A., (2004) Heat Transfer-a practical approach, p. 358. , McGrawHill Publishers, New York; Hodder, S.G., Parsons, K., The effects of solar radiation on thermal comfort (2007) International Journal of Biometeorology, 51 (3), pp. 233-250; Kaynakli, O., Unver, U., Kilic, M., Simulation of thermal comfort heating and cooling periods in an automobile compartment (2002) Proceedings of the Automotive Technologies Congress, pp. 127-135. , 24-26 June, Bursa, Turkey
Uncontrolled Keywords: Energy; Radiation; Solar panel; Ventilator.
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Mr Jenal S
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2013 01:14
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2018 04:59

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