African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6654

Full Length Research Paper

Experimental analysis of air flow patterns in perfomance of flat plate solar collectors

Ramadhani B.*
  • Ramadhani B.*
  • Department of Petroleum and Energy Engineering, The University of Dodoma, P. O. Box 259, Dodoma, Tanzania.
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Rwaichi J. A. Minja
  • Rwaichi J. A. Minja
  • Depatment of Chemical and Mining Engineering, University of Dar es Salaam, P. O. Box 35131, Dares Salaam, Tanzania.
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Karoli N. Njau
  • Karoli N. Njau
  • Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology, Arusha, Tanzania.
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  •  Received: 19 November 2014
  •  Accepted: 09 January 2015
  •  Published: 05 February 2015

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