Masters Theses


Transient and rate-dependent performance of conventional and thermosyphon-based electric storage water heating systems


"Electric resistance has long been the most common configuration of residential thermal storage devices. Due to larage quantities of internal mixing which occur during the transient cycling of conventional configurations, the operation of thermal storage systems has historically been viewed as a one-dimensional, steady-state problem. This thesis first presents an investigation of a conventional electric resistance water heating configuration...A second study investigates the performance of a thermosyphon-based electric resistance configuration, particularly the increased performance realized in the absence of large-scale convective flows in the storage component and baffling of the inlet flow. The final study investigates both the development and balance of the convective flow loop established within the thermosyphon-based configuration for both the closed loop charging process and the open loop discharging process.


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Spring 2004


xii, 106 pages


© 2004 Justin W. McMenamy, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Citation

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Subject Headings

Electric water heaters -- Testing
Heat -- Convection

Thesis Number

T 8501

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