[TRNSYS-users] Collectors in parallel n series confusion

dev sharma devsharmami at gmail.com
Mon Apr 22 23:43:32 PDT 2013

Hej All,

I have to design an array of collectors with 10 rows of 4 collectors
each. These values are achieved after calculations. Since the
collectors models only ask for 2 inputs : 1. No in series & 2.
Collector area. I am confused how to do this. After refering to the
archives of this emailing list for similar question, I found this
reply from Jeff:

"Set the area to the total array area (2 x 5 x 3.3 = 33 m2) and the
number in series to 2.  The model will correctly simulate 10 total
collectors arranged in 5 parallel paths of 2 in series."

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but how will the model correctly
simulate this? It doesn't know the "unit area" of collector. How does
the model not assume that 2 collectors in series might have 16.5m2


Dev Sharma
Erasmus Mundus Masters in Sustainable Energy
KTH, Stockholm & UPC, Barcelona
Mobile: +34635104882 (Spain)

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