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Title: Heat collector

Abstract

A heat collector and method suitable for efficiently and cheaply collecting solar and other thermal energy are provided. The collector employs a heat pipe in a gravity-assist mode and is not evacuated. The collector has many advantages, some of which include ease of assembly, reduced structural stresses on the heat pipe enclosure, and a low total materials cost requirement. Natural convective forces drive the collector, which after startup operates entirely passively due in part to differences in molecular weights of gaseous components within the collector.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. (Santa Cruz, NM)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM
OSTI Identifier:
864921
Patent Number(s):
4437456
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) LANL
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
heat; collector; method; suitable; efficiently; cheaply; collecting; solar; thermal; energy; provided; employs; pipe; gravity-assist; mode; evacuated; advantages; ease; assembly; reduced; structural; stresses; enclosure; total; materials; cost; requirement; natural; convective; forces; drive; startup; operates; entirely; passively; due; differences; molecular; weights; gaseous; components; gaseous components; heat pipe; thermal energy; molecular weight; molecular weights; collecting solar; heat collector; entirely passive; gaseous component; /126/165/

Citation Formats

Merrigan, Michael A. Heat collector. United States: N. p., 1984. Web.
Merrigan, Michael A. Heat collector. United States.
Merrigan, Michael A. Sun . "Heat collector". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/864921.
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author = {Merrigan, Michael A.},
abstractNote = {A heat collector and method suitable for efficiently and cheaply collecting solar and other thermal energy are provided. The collector employs a heat pipe in a gravity-assist mode and is not evacuated. The collector has many advantages, some of which include ease of assembly, reduced structural stresses on the heat pipe enclosure, and a low total materials cost requirement. Natural convective forces drive the collector, which after startup operates entirely passively due in part to differences in molecular weights of gaseous components within the collector.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
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place = {United States},
year = {1984},
month = {1}
}

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