Thermic diode performance characteristics and design manualThermic diode solar panels are a passive method of space and hot water heating using the thermosyphon principle. Simplified methods of sizing and performing economic analyses of solar heating systems had until now been limited to passive systems. A mathematical model of the thermic diode including its high level of stratification has been constructed allowing its performance characteristics to be studied. Further analysis resulted in a thermic diode design manual based on the f-chart method.
Bernard, D. E. (California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena Calif., United States)