Rajesh V. R. currently serves as Assistant Professor at Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, Coimbatore Campus. His areas of research include Energy Conversion and Power Plant Engineering.


Publication Type: Conference Paper
Year of Publication Publication Type Title
2016 Conference Paper S. Salim and Rajesh, V. R., “Thermodynamic Analysis of Aqua-Ammonia based Miniaturized Vapour Absorption Refrigeration System utilizing Solar Thermal Energy”, in International Conference on Advanced Engineering and Technology for Sustainable Development, Karpagam College of Engineering, Coimbatore, 2016.[Abstract]

Solar Energy based refrigeration is one of the most promising technology to meet up the hiking demands for cooling applications. Among the two refrigeration cycles, Vapor Compression Refrigeration (VCR) driven by Photovoltaic (PV) system proves to be the most widely used cooling equipment, while the Vapor Absorption Refrigeration (VAR) driven by solar thermal energy is at its infant stages of development and is biased for usage in industrial applications. This work emphasize on the development of a miniaturized model of aqua-ammonia VAR system integrated with solar collector that can be used for small-scale cooling applications. The evaporator capacity is restricted to 0.5 ton of refrigeration (TR). The study is incorporated with theoretical design and evaluation of performance of the system in terms of Coefficient of Performance (COP). The COP estimated for the VAR system is 0.65. And the influence of evaporator temperature on COP is analyzed. © 2006-2016 Asian Research Publishing Network (ARPN). All rights reserved.

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2015 Conference Paper G. Krishnan, Vignesh, V., ,, kumar, A., and Rajesh, V. R., “Comparative Analysis of a Solar Flat Plate Collector with a Modified Profile”, in National Conference on Recent Trends in Mechanical Engineering with Green Energy and Robotics, Nehru Institute of Engineering & Technology, Coimbatore, 2015.
2014 Conference Paper R. Jayaram, Xavier, D. P., Ramaswamy, M., and Rajesh, V. R., “Optimization of regenerator in a Stirling cycle cryocooler, considering thermal inertia effects”, in International Conference on Environment and Energy, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University(JNTU) Hyderabad, 2014.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Year of Publication Publication Type Title
2016 Journal Article V. R. Rajesh, Harikrishnan, K., Chaithanya, K. K., and Salim, S., “Performance Evaluation of a Solar Desalination System Integrated with a Fresnel Lens Concentrator”, International Journal of Renewable Energy Research, vol. 6, no. 1, 2016.[Abstract]

The purpose of this research work is to develop a water desalination unit that could efficiently produce potable water by evaporation and condensation; integrated with a Fresnel lens solar concentrator. The experimental setup consists of a heater tank powered with a Fresnel lens concentrator for pre-heating the water and a desalination unit. The objective of the work is to evaluate the enhancement in the performance of the system and was compared with the existing desalination unit. The study shows that Fresnel lens concentrator alone as pre-heating device can improve the yield of the desalination system up to 30.8 liters with an efficiency of 55%.

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2015 Journal Article G. R. Krishnan, Venkatesan, V., Nayak, P., Yadav, A. K., and Rajesh, V. R., “Performance analysis and thermal modeling of a solar flat plate collector with concave ridged profile”, International Journal of Applied Engineering Research, vol. 10, pp. 29875-29882, 2015.[Abstract]

Solar flat plate collectors are one of the most popular and cost effective ways of trapping the sun’s heat energy for domestic as well as industrial applications. They are relatively cheap, simple in design and highly useful in tropical climatic conditions. Over a period of time various new designs for the solar flat plate collector have come up leading to more efficient collector setups. This paper evaluates the results of an experimental investigation on the performance of a solar flat plate collector when the conventional absorber plate profile is replaced with a concave-ridged profile. It is known theoretically that for the same aperture area the concave-ridged profile will provide larger surface area for the collection of heat energy from incoming solar radiation (insolation) as compared to the conventional flat profile. Further the concave-ridged profile has a larger shape factor with respect to itself than a conventional profile which leads to better entrapment of heat received from solar radiation. A scaled down model of a commercial solar flat plate collector was fabricated and experiments were conducted using both of the above mentioned profiles at the same geographical coordinates. The results of the experimental studies as well as the comparison of collector efficiencies are presented. Thermal analysisof the concave-ridged profile using ANSYS 14.5 was also done in order to study the distribution of temperatures and thermal fluxes within the profile.

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