Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Civil Engineering


During the last several years we have witnessed increasing costs and shortages of energy from conventional sources. This “energy crisis” promises to be with us for some time to come unless we change our way of life and in addition develop new sources of energy. The energy crisis is spurring the development of several new energy have been considered including heating and cooling of homes, domestic hot water heating, drying of agricultural products and many more. The economic feasibility of a solar system depends upon how well the system perform in the particular location in which it is to be installed. The solar system can be mathematically modeled and with the aid of a digital computer the system behavior can be simulated over a period of time under imposed weather conditions. It is especially necessary to do this if the system involves energy storage. In order to get a true picture of the system performance for a given location it would be necessary to run the computer simulation throughout the year and for several past years in order to average out the computer time and would have to be done over for each system or system modification. An alternative approach is to develop a typical week which would represent each month of the year. This would be derived from several years of weather data. It would then only be necessary to run the system simulation for the typical week in each of the months they system would be in operation in order to assess its performance.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Solar radiation

Solar energy -- Climatic factors



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