The Main Components Of A Flat Plate Collector Essay

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The main components of a flat-plate collector, as shown in Figure 3, are the following [5]:
• Cover. Glass or other radiation-transmitting material.
• Heat removal fluid passageways. Tubes, fins, or passages which containing fluid from the inlet to the outlet.
• Absorber plate. Flat, corrugated, or grooved plates are attached to tubes, fins, or passages. A special attachment is the embedded fixing shown in the detail of Figure 3.2. The plate is usually coated with a high-absorbent, low-emittance layer.
• Headers or manifolds. The pipes and ducts which discharge the fluid.
• Insulation. Reduce the heat loss from the back and sides of the collector.
• Container. The casing surrounds the upper parts to protect them from dust, moisture

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