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Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes, 4th Edition

John A. Duffie, William A. Beckman

ISBN: 978-1-118-67160-3 April 2013 944 Pages


The updated fourth edition of the "bible" of solar energy theory and applications

Over several editions, Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes has become a classic solar engineering text and reference. This revised Fourth Edition offers current coverage of solar energy theory, systems design, and applications in different market sectors along with an emphasis on solar system design and analysis using simulations to help readers translate theory into practice.

An important resource for students of solar engineering, solar energy, and alternative energy as well as professionals working in the power and energy industry or related fields, Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes, Fourth Edition features:

  • Increased coverage of leading-edge topics such as photovoltaics and the design of solar cells and heaters
  • A brand-new chapter on applying CombiSys (a readymade TRNSYS simulation program available for free download) to simulate a solar heated house with solar- heated domestic hot water
  • Additional simulation problems available through a companion website
  • An extensive array of homework problems and exercises

Related Resources

Preface xi

Preface to the Third Edition xiii

Preface to the Second Edition xv

Preface to the First Edition xvii

Introduction xxi


1 Solar Radiation 3

2 Available Solar Radiation 43

3 Selected Heat Transfer Topics 138

4 Radiation Characteristics of Opaque Materials 173

5 Radiation Transmission through Glazing: Absorbed Radiation 202

6 Flat-Plate Collectors 236

7 Concentrating Collectors 322

8 Energy Storage 373

9 Solar Process Loads 409

10 System Thermal Calculations 422

11 Solar Process Economics 447


12 Solar Water Heating: Active and Passive 479

13 Building Heating: Active 505

14 Building Heating: Passive and Hybrid Methods 544

15 Solar Cooling 575

16 Solar Industrial Process Heat 604

17 Solar Thermal Power Systems 621

18 Solar Ponds: Evaporative Processes 635


19 Simulations in Solar Process Design 653

20 Design of Active Systems: f-Chart 668

21 Design of Active Systems by Utilizability Methods 692

22 Design of Passive and Hybrid Heating Systems 711

23 Design of Photovoltaic Systems 745

24 Wind Energy 774


A Problems 797

B Nomenclature 856

C International System of Units 861

D Meteorological Data 863

E Average Shading Factors for Overhangs 870

Index 887

CombiSys Download

A series of simulation problems (identified with a prefix "S" followed by a chapter number) and then a problem number have been added to the standard problems of many chapters. These problems require running CombiSys and answering general questions that may require performing energy balances and doing simple economic calculations.

With this approach, it is hoped that the student will understand the inner workings of a simulation program.

CombiSys provides an input window where various design options can be selected (e.g. the collector type and design, storage tanks size, collector orientation, and a variety of other choices).