The Solar House

Author: Daniel D. Chiras
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 9781603580151
Size: 12.96 MB
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Passive solar heating and passive cooling—approaches known as natural conditioning—provide comfort throughout the year by reducing, or eliminating, the need for fossil fuel. Yet while heat from sunlight and ventilation from breezes is free for the taking, few modern architects or builders really understand the principles involved. Now Dan Chiras, author of the popular book The Natural House, brings those principles up to date for a new generation of solar enthusiasts. The techniques required to heat and cool a building passively have been used for thousands of years. Early societies such as the Native American Anasazis and the ancient Greeks perfected designs that effectively exploited these natural processes. The Greeks considered anyone who didn't use passive solar to heat a home to be a barbarian! In the United States, passive solar architecture experienced a major resurgence of interest in the 1970s in response to crippling oil embargoes. With grand enthusiasm but with scant knowledge (and sometimes little common sense), architects and builders created a wide variety of solar homes. Some worked pretty well, but looked more like laboratories than houses. Others performed poorly, overheating in the summer because of excessive or misplaced windows and skylights, and growing chilly in the colder months because of insufficient thermal mass and insulation and poor siting. In The Solar House, Dan Chiras sets the record straight on the vast potential for passive heating and cooling. Acknowledging the good intentions of misguided solar designers in the past, he highlights certain egregious—and entirely avoidable—errors. More importantly, Chiras explains in methodical detail how today's home builders can succeed with solar designs. Now that energy efficiency measures including higher levels of insulation and multi-layered glazing have become standard, it is easier than ever before to create a comfortable and affordable passive solar house that will provide year-round comfort in any climate. Moreover, since modern building materials and airtight construction methods sometimes result in air-quality and even toxicity problems, Chiras explains state-of-the-art ventilation and filtering techniques that complement the ancient solar strategies of thermal mass and daylighting. Chiras also explains the new diagnostic aids available in printed worksheet or software formats, allowing readers to generate their own design schemes.

Solar System Dynamics

Author: Carl D. Murray
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139936156
Size: 16.99 MB
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The Solar System is a complex and fascinating dynamical system. This is the first textbook to describe comprehensively the dynamical features of the Solar System and to provide students with all the mathematical tools and physical models they need to understand how it works. It is a benchmark publication in the field of planetary dynamics and destined to become a classic. Clearly written and well illustrated, Solar System Dynamics shows how a basic knowledge of the two- and three-body problems and perturbation theory can be combined to understand features as diverse as the tidal heating of Jupiter's moon Io, the origin of the Kirkwood gaps in the asteroid belt, and the radial structure of Saturn's rings. Problems at the end of each chapter and a free Internet Mathematica® software package are provided. Solar System Dynamics provides an authoritative textbook for courses on planetary dynamics and celestial mechanics. It also equips students with the mathematical tools to tackle broader courses on dynamics, dynamical systems, applications of chaos theory and non-linear dynamics.

Solar

Author: Ian McEwan
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781407054469
Size: 17.57 MB
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Michael Beard is a Nobel prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him. A compulsive womaniser, Beard finds his fifth marriage floundering. But this time it is different: his wife is having the affair, and he is still in love with her. When Beard's professional and personal worlds collide in a freak accident, an opportunity presents itself for Beard to extricate himself from his marital mess, reinvigorate his career and save the world from environmental disaster.

Solar Sailing

Author: Colin R. McInnes
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3540210628
Size: 15.61 MB
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Solar sailing offers the possibility of low-cost long-distance missions, impossible for any other type of conventional spacecraft. The book provides a detailed account of solar sailing, at a high technical level but in a way accessible to the scientifically informed layman. Solar sail orbital dynamics and solar radiation pressure form the foundations of the book, but the engineering design of solar sails is also considered, along with potential mission applications. This book introduces the subject and at the same time provides a technical reference source.

Solar Dryers

Author: B. Brenndorfer
Publisher: Commonwealth Secretariat
ISBN: 0850922828
Size: 14.83 MB
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Evaluation of solar drying potential. Pre-drying processing operations. The mechamisms of drying. Solar radiation. Solar collectors. Solar dryer classification. Direct dryers employing natural convection with separate collector and drying chamber. indirect dryers employing forced convection eith separate collector and drying chamber. Hybrid dryers. Ancillary equipment and recent develpments. Quality assessment. packaging and storage of dried foodstuffs. Dryer selection and design. Experiomental methodology. From theory into practice. Economics. Extension of solar crop drying technology.

Planning And Installing Solar Thermal Systems

Author: German Solar Energy Society (Dgs)
Publisher: Earthscan
ISBN: 9781844077601
Size: 12.20 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Cities in a Globalizing Worldpresents a comprehensive review of the world’s cities and analyses the positive and negative impacts on human settlements of the global trends towards social and economic integration and the rapid changes in informatio