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Study of a Night Sky Radiator Cooling System Utilizing Direct Fluid Radiation Emission and Varying Cover Materials

Abstract As the demand for power increases in populated areas, so will the demand for water. Current power plant technology relies heavily on the Rankine cycle in coal, nuclear and solar thermal power systems which ultimately use condensers to cool the steam in the system. In dry climates, the amount of water to cool off the condenser can be extremely large. Current wet cooling technologies such as cooling towers lose water from evaporation. One alternative to prevent this would be to implement a radiative cooling system. More specifically, a system that utilizes the volumetric radiation emission from water to the night sky could be implemented. This thesis analyzes the validity of a radiative cooling system that uses direct radiant emission to cool... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Overmann, William (Author) / Phelan, Patrick (Advisor) / Trimble, Steven (Committee member) / Taylor, Robert (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Engineering / Mechanical engineering / Environmental engineering / Cooling / Infrared / Night sky / Radiation / Transmission
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 62 pages
Language English
Rights All Rights Reserved
Note M.S. Mechanical Engineering 2011
Collaborating Institutions ASU Graduate College / ASU Libraries
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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Description Excel Data with generated plots and some calcs
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Description Raw Data
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Description FTIR csv files for materials
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Description Experimental setup images