Title

A Portable Experimental Apparatus for Demonstrating the Thermo-siphon Heat Recovery System Concept

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2006

Publication Source

World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education

Volume

4

Issue

1

Inclusive pages

57-62

Publisher

UNESCO * International Centre for Engineering Education

Place of Publication

Australia

ISBN/ISSN

1446-2257

Abstract

A portable thermo-siphon heat recovery system experimental apparatus was designed, developed and constructed for the undergraduate mechanical engineering laboratory at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in Fort Wayne, USA. The purpose of this experimental apparatus is to demonstrate heat transfer principles and the concept of thermo-siphon heat recovery system. In this article, the author presents an experimental set-up that will help undergraduate mechanical engineering students in understanding the basic heat transfer processes by utilising real life applications, such as using waste heat from a window type air conditioner to heat water for residential and commercial use. Heat recovery from an air conditioner by thermo-siphon is attractive because it eliminates the need for a circulating pump. This project was completed with the assistance of an Undergraduate Senior Project Grant from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE).

Keywords

abu-mulaweh, thermo-siphon heat recovery

Disciplines

Engineering

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