Modelling the Performance of a Solar Heated Swimming Pool

R. Kicsiny* and I. Farkas

Szent Istvan University, Department of Physics and Process Control, Pater K. u. 1., Godollo, H-2103 Hungary

Corresponding Author, Kicsiny. Richard@gek. szie. hu


This paper introduces the realization and application of a block-oriented type physically-based model of solar heated thermal systems which is able to work with inputs from either measurements or meteorological models. On the basis of measured data of a particular combined, with more consumers, solar heating system the validation of the model is shown in domestic hot water heating operation. Using meteorological models for the same system in swimming pool operation it is also shown that there are significant fluctuations in the pool temperature as the evaporation heat loss coefficient changes within the bounds of different recommendations in literature.

Keywords: combined solar heating system, physically-based modelling, measurements, meteorological models

1. Introduction

In view of the possibility of harnessing solar energy in swimming pool applications and the increasing amount of such installations, it is important to develop the efficiency of solar heated systems. In order to improve any simple or combined solar heating system, physically-based modelling is an exact, theoretically overseen tool. Former works on modelling of solar thermal systems can be fond in [4], [5] and [6].

The aim of this work is to realize a mathematical model corresponding to solar heating systems that takes into account all the substantial energy components as well as the physically-based specifications of them. Physical bases are well described in details in [2]. In addition one should be able to validate it using measured data. The model should be able to work up inputs from either measurements or meteorological models and should be flexible for easy adapting to any similar systems. A method of meteorological modelling can be found in [1].

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