Course Title:
Solar Heating and Nanotechnology

Instructor's Name and Contact Information:
Dr. S. Gh. Etemad
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5, Canada

Phone: +1-613-8623981
Fax: +1-613-5625172

Website: ,

Course Summary:
This short course covers a brief introduction on energy consumptions and environmental pollution, heat transfer enhancement techniques, a comprehensive overview of solar energy and radiation, description of the solar collectors with emphasizing on flat plate collectors performance. The course also includes a short introduction to nanotechnology, nanofluid as a new heat transfer media and possibilities to increase the efficiency of flat plate collectors using nanotechnology.


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

A brief introduction to nanotechnology, energy consumptions, environmental pollution, requirement of heat transfer enhancement, heat transfer enhancement techniques

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Coffee break

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Introduction to solar radiation, solar heating systems, solar collectors: classifications and performances

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM


1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Introduction to nanofluid: thermal conductivity and rheological properties, forced and free heat transfer coefficients, boiling of nanofluids

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Coffee break

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Possibilities of increasing the efficiency of solar heating systems using nanotechnology: solutions and challenges



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