Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 4-30-2021

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Tejas Pandya

Second Advisor

Amrita Mishra

Third Advisor

Ken Thomas

Relational Format



With increasing global population and aspiration for higher standards for living, there is a rapid increase in demand for energy. With the concerns of climate change becoming ever more pressing, a shift from the conventional energy source to an alternative green version to meet the energy demand could be of significant interest. A large amount of energy is required to maintain water temperature in the swimming pool at a human comfort temperature. Several studies have been performed to calculate and evaluate the feasibility of powering thermal systems for swimming pools using solar energy. Still, extensive analysis using solar thermal energy to power the indoor swimming pool lacks in the United States’ southern region. This work is an attempt to study the use of solar thermal energy to meet the thermal energy demand of an indoor swimming pool located in Oxford, MS. The swimming Pool in Turner Center at the University of Mississippi is used as a model for the calculation. One of the major assumptions made for this analysis is that the energy required to maintain the ambient temperature, wind velocity, and relative humidity is not accounted for in the system. ASHRAE prescribes the ambiance temperature to be about 2◦ F higher than water temperature, wind velocity over the water surface to be between 0.0508-0.1524 mps, and relative humidity to be between 50-60%. We assume these standard conditions, as prescribed by ASHRAE[1], are already maintained. Thus, only calculating the thermal energy load of the swimming pool maintained at this standard condition is performed.



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