Design of nanofluid solar collectors

Maria Hernandez-Somoza, Neofytos Christou, Manlio V Morganti, Alireza Maheri

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPublished conference contribution


Nanoparticles can improve the heat transfer rate when added to a base fluid. This has been the motivation for an investigation towards design of nanofluid solar thermal collectors as presented in this paper. Theoretically, the thermal performance of nanofluid solar collectors depends on the type, shape, size and concentration of nanoparticles as well as conventional parameters affecting the configuration of the collector. A genetic algorithm is used to find the optimum configuration for nanofluid solar collectors. The optimisation objective is the overall efficiency of the collector. Running case studies, it is shown that adding nanoparticles to a base fluid has minimal effect on the performance of the solar collector.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Advances in Mechanical Engineering (ICAME?15)
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015

Bibliographical note


  • nanofluid
  • nanoparticle
  • solar collector
  • flat plate
  • configuration design
  • design optimisation


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