Calorimeters, Solar collectors
The reference heat source (RHS) is an electrical calorimeter used with solar collector test facilities. It can be used to calibrate the test facility or to measure the thermal performance of a collector. The RHS described here was designed to be accurate enough to be used as a standard for verification of test facility calibrations. The core of the unit consists of resistance heaters, platinum resistance thermometers, a thermopile, and flow mixers. This core is surrounded by a thermally driven copper shield to control heat loss. The electrical power input to the core is measured with an electronic power transducer. The output of this transducer as well as the temperature sensors is indicated on digital panel meters. All measurements are made independent of the test facility's data acquisition system. The entire unit is mounted on a 0.5 x 1.5 m cart for portability.
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Eno, Burton E.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering
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Huggins, James C., "A Calorimeter for Solar Collector Testing Facilities" (1982). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 636.