Solar Water Heater

Student teams design and build solar water heating devices that mimic those used in residences to capture energy in the form of solar radiation and convert it to thermal energy. In this activity, students gain a better understanding of the three different types of heat transfer, each of which plays a role in the solar water heater design. Once the model devices are constructed, students perform efficiency calculations and compare designs.

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Landon B. Gennetten
Lauren Cooper
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Denise W. Carlson
TeachEngineering from Integrated Teaching and Learning Program
Activity takes six to eight 45-minute class periods. Additional materials necessary.

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Sophisticated design requires purchase of a fairly significant amount of copper tubing to construct the water heater.

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