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Title: Optimizing the performance of the domestic wall mounted space comfort heater
Authors: Tangkeh, J 
Gryzagoridis, Jasson 
Keywords: Calorimetric measurements;Heat transfer modes;Natural Convection;Net Radiation;Grashof;Nusselt and Prandtl numbers
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Abstract: The performance of a wall mounted space comfort heater has been studied with respect to the geometry of its mounting condition. Tests were conducted in a laboratory with the heater positioned at various heights from the floor and the channel that is created by the various gaps with the wall on which the heater was mounted. Tests were also performed with the heater mounted on the wall whose emissivity was adjusted to low, medium and high values as well as placing insulation material on the wall directly behind the heater. The experiments revealed an acceptable geometry of the heater's mounting at least 200mm above the floor, and 50 mm off-set from the wall. The heater's mounting against the wall caused a drop in performance of about 15% of it's maximum “benchmark” performance (with an efficiency of about 41%) achieved when the heater was freely standing on the floor of the laboratory. This efficiency, based on the convective heat transfer generated by the heater's warm/hot surfaces, is relative to the electrical energy input. The heat transfer by radiation from the heater's surface is treated as net loss to the walls of the room/enclosure. The performance of the heater when mounted against the wall improved almost to the benchmark value when the wall behind the heater was made refelective (low emissivity).
ISBN: 987-0-9946759-2-7
Appears in Collections:Eng - Conference Proceedings

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