Design of a Micro-Probe For Direct Measurement of Convection Heat Transfer on a Vertical

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Proceedings of the 4th ICMEM, 2011, pp. 817 - 824
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A proximity probe with two k-type thermocouples, 1.5 mm apart, was designed, built to simultaneously measure local surface and air temperatures on the PV and to quantify local convention heat transfer coefficient. Experimental investigations of natural convection on a vertical photovoltaic (PV) panel exposed to solar radiations are presented. The variation of non-isothermal surface temperature of a PV is expressed with a second-order polynomial relation. In the absence of any correlation to predict the natural convection heat transfer coefficient on a PV, experimental results are presented in the form of variations of the local Nusselt numbers (Nuz), and the average Nusselt numbers (Nu), with Rayleigh number (Ra). The variations are best expressed with a power law correlation form of Nu=a*(Ra)^b for the range 10^6
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