Performance study on single basin single slope solar still with different water nanofluids

T. Elango, A. Kannan, K. Kalidasa Murugavel

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This paper compares the performance of single basin single slope solar still with and without water nanofluid. Water nanofluids of Aluminum Oxide (Al2O3), Zinc Oxide (ZnO), Iron Oxide (Fe2O3) and Tin Oxide (SnO2) of different concentrations were characterized for thermal and physical properties and suitable nanofluids were selected for performance testing in solar still. Two experimental stills of the same basin area have been fabricated and tested with water and different nanofluids simultaneously. The still with Aluminum Oxide (Al2O3) nanofluid has 29.95% higher production and the still with Zinc Oxide (ZnO) and Tin Oxide (SnO2) nanofluids has 12.67% and 18.63% more production respectively than the still with water.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-51
Number of pages7
StatePublished - Mar 6 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Desalination
  • Single basin still
  • Solar distillation
  • Solar still
  • Water nanofluid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering


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