Comparative Analysis of Glass Fiber Sheet and Crepe Paper for a Wick Type Floating Solar Still

  • Hashim Hasnain Hadi Department of Mechanical Engineering, Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology, Khuzdar, Pakistan.
  • Imran Khan Department of Mechanical Engineering, Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology, Khuzdar, Pakistan.
  • Ghulam Sarwar Department of Mechanical Engineering, Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology, Khuzdar, Pakistan.
  • Muhammad Mushtaque Department of Mechanical Engineering, Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology, Khuzdar, Pakistan.
  • Salman Masroor Department of Mechanical Engineering, Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology, Khuzdar, Pakistan.

Abstract

Water is a prerequisite for the existence of life on earth. Rapid growth in the global population and industrialization have created a dearth of freshwater resources. Escalating water scarcity suggests that the use of passive solar stills is the most suitable and viable option in the arid and semi-arid areas around the world. In this study, the yield of wick type floating solar still is experimentally investigated for different wick materials. Capillary rise and absorbency of two different absorbers are considered as performance parameters for analysis of the research. Based on results, crepe paper with absorbency (1.8s) and capillary rise (112mm/h) proved a better absorber for higher productivity of the still. The efficiency of still with crepe paper was observed to be 16.68% higher than that of glass fiber sheet when applied in still during the investigation. The maximum internal temperature and the productivity of still were 9.1°C and 0.8 L/day respectively higher when crepe paper was used instead of a glass fiber sheet as a wicking material.

Published
Jul 1, 2020
How to Cite
HADI, Hashim Hasnain et al. Comparative Analysis of Glass Fiber Sheet and Crepe Paper for a Wick Type Floating Solar Still. Mehran University Research Journal of Engineering and Technology, [S.l.], v. 39, n. 3, p. 532 - 540, july 2020. ISSN 2413-7219. Available at: <https://publications.muet.edu.pk/index.php/muetrj/article/view/1695>. Date accessed: 05 july 2020. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.22581/muet1982.2003.08.
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