Abstract

A water-based silver nanofluid (Ag/PW) was prepared from gelatin-stabilized silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) of about 15 nm and further used as a working fluid in an evacuated U-tube solar collector (EUSC) to investigate the variation in the collector efficiency. An Ag/PW nanofluid having 0.035 wt% was prepared and demonstrated a good promise of colloidal stability when dispersed in pure water. Collector efficiency measurements were carried out at outdoor conditions with four different mass flow rate values (0.063, 0.051, 0.033, and 0.02 kg/s). Results showed that Ag/PW have superior heat transfer properties than that of pure water as the base fluid. It was found that the efficiency of the collector was directly proportional to the mass flow rate of the working fluid until an optimum value was attained. Experimental results show that the highest collector efficiency was 72.2% at 0.051 kg/s mass flow rate, which is 21.3% higher than that of the pure water.

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