Solar air collectors can be used for heating rooms, drying crops and wood, and heating water. In present studies, first, a flow control system for obtaining a constant temperature at the exit of a flat-plate collector was installed in a hot air supply system and the feasibility of the control system was examined. When the flow temperature was lower than the temperature that was set by a digital indicating controller, the fan power was reduced to decrease the flow rate. When the outlet air temperature was higher than the setting temperature, the flow rate was increased. Consequently, the control system worked well to maintain the exit air temperature. Secondly, an unsteady state analysis was made on thermal performance of the collector. In analysis, flow rate variations over time were given as conditions. Validity of this analysis was checked by experimentation. Analytical results agreed well even when solar radiation intensity, wind speed, or flow rate changed abruptly.

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