This work focuses on the experimental validation of a numerical tool realized to simulate a commercial hot water storage tank. The tool implements unsteady 1D models to simulate the temporal evolution of the temperature field inside the hot water storage tank, and the one relative to the heat transfer fluid flowing through the immersed coil heat exchanger. It has been implemented by means of the Simulink tool of Matlab. The first part of the paper is dedicated to the description of the indoor experimental facility used to realize the experimental test. Successively, the analytical models, and the numerical schemes and algorithms used to perform the numerical simulations are described. Finally, the results of the experimental validation of the tool, accomplished by comparing the experimental temperature profiles inside the tank, and the measured temperatures at the coil heat exchanger exit section over the entire experimental test duration, with the numerical results obtained from simulations performed using different correlations for the evaluation of the heat transfer rate between the tank water and the heat transfer fluid through the coil, are reported and discussed. © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Experimental Validation of a Tool for the Numerical Simulation of a Commercial Hot Water Storage Tank

Graditi, G.;Di Somma, M.;Mongibello, L.
2017

Abstract

This work focuses on the experimental validation of a numerical tool realized to simulate a commercial hot water storage tank. The tool implements unsteady 1D models to simulate the temporal evolution of the temperature field inside the hot water storage tank, and the one relative to the heat transfer fluid flowing through the immersed coil heat exchanger. It has been implemented by means of the Simulink tool of Matlab. The first part of the paper is dedicated to the description of the indoor experimental facility used to realize the experimental test. Successively, the analytical models, and the numerical schemes and algorithms used to perform the numerical simulations are described. Finally, the results of the experimental validation of the tool, accomplished by comparing the experimental temperature profiles inside the tank, and the measured temperatures at the coil heat exchanger exit section over the entire experimental test duration, with the numerical results obtained from simulations performed using different correlations for the evaluation of the heat transfer rate between the tank water and the heat transfer fluid through the coil, are reported and discussed. © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
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