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Chellali F.,Unite de recherche appliquee en energies renouvelables | Chellali F.,Polytechnic School of Algiers | Belouchrani A.,Polytechnic School of Algiers
Renewable Energy

Spectra of many meteorological data such as wind speed and temperature are time variable. Thus a Fourier analysis is not sufficient. In the present work, the wavelet transform is applied as a time-frequency analysis to the meteorological data for the region of Adrar (27.9°N, 0.3°W, 263 m), Algeria. This analysis is carried out in order to investigate the power spectra behaviors of both temperature and wind speed and their variations with time. To determine the relationship between these two meteorological parameters, the cross wavelet analysis is also applied. The study is carried out using data extending over a period of four years. The analysis is applied over a frequency range from 0.002 to 0.5 cycles per day. The results show that significant synoptic oscillations of periods between 2 and 16 days occur mainly in the cold season in both wind and temperature time series. Those oscillations are characterized by short life durations of one to few weeks. Wavelet power spectrum has also revealed the presence of intra-seasonal oscillations of periods between 30 and 60 days. These intra-seasonal oscillations have been observed mainly in the warm seasons. This study reveals also that temperature and wind speed co-vary especially at the synoptic and the intra-seasonal frequencies. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

Bennaceur S.,Bechar University | Draoui B.,Bechar University | Touati B.,Bechar University | Benseddik A.,Unite de recherche appliquee en energies renouvelables | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Engineering Physics and Thermophysics

Equilibrium moisture desorption and adsorption isotherms of Lawsonia inermis L. (commonly known as henna) leaves at temperatures of 30, 40 and 50°C with a water activity ranging from 0.057 to 0.898 were obtained by the gravimetric-static method. It was established that when the temperature of these leaves increases, their moisture content increases too with a hysteresis effect. The experimental data on the sorption of the indicated leaves were compared with the corresponding calculation data obtained with the use of the GAB, modified BET, Henderson–Thompson, modified Halsey, modified Oswin, and Peleg models. Evaluation of these models on the basis of statistical processing of the data obtained with them, including the calculus of the standard error and the correlation coefficient, has shown that the GAB and Peleg models represent sorption curves more adequately. The net isosteric heats of desorption and adsorption of henna leaves were determined by the sorption isotherms constructed using the Clausius–Clapeyron equation. An expression for predicting these thermodynamic properties of plants is proposed. © 2015 Springer Science+Business Media New York Source

Yacef R.,Jijel University | Mellit A.,Jijel University | Belaid S.,Unite de recherche appliquee en energies renouvelables | Sen Z.,Technical University of Istanbul
Energy Conversion and Management

In this paper, combined empirical models and a Bayesian neural network (BNN) model have been developed to estimate daily global solar radiation (GSR) on a horizontal surface in Ghardaïa, Algeria. An experimental database of daily GSR, maximum and minimum air temperatures of the year 2006 has been used to estimate the coefficients of the empirical models, as well as to train the BNN model. Six months of the year 2007 (summer period: May, June, July, and winter period: October, November, December) have been used to test the calibrated models, while six months of the year 2012 (from 1st February to 31th July) have been used to check generalisation capability of the developed models as well as the BNN model. Results indicate that the new calibrated models are able to estimate the global solar radiation with an excellent accuracy in this location. Calibrated models are also compared with the developed BNN model to show their effectiveness. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

Meftah M.,University of Versailles | Irbah A.,University of Versailles | Corbard T.,University of Nice Sophia Antipolis | Morand F.,University of Nice Sophia Antipolis | And 18 more authors.
Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering

For the last thirty years, ground time series of the solar radius have shown different variations according to different instruments. The origin of these variations may be found in the observer, the instrument, the atmosphere and the Sun. These time series show inconsistencies and conflicting results, which likely originate from instrumental effects and/or atmospheric effects. A survey of the solar radius was initiated in 1975 by F. Laclare, at the Calern site of the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (OCA). PICARD is an investigation dedicated to the simultaneous measurements of the absolute total and spectral solar irradiance, the solar radius and solar shape, and to the Sun's interior probing by the helioseismology method. The PICARD mission aims to the study of the origin of the solar variability and to the study of the relations between the Sun and the Earth's climate by using modeling. These studies will be based on measurements carried out from orbit and from the ground. PICARD SOL is the ground segment of the PICARD mission to allow a comparison of the solar radius measured in space and on ground. PICARD SOL will enable to understand the influence of the atmosphere on the measured solar radius. The PICARD Sol instrumentation consists of: SODISM II, a replica of SODISM (SOlar Diameter Imager and Surface Mapper), a high resolution imaging telescope, and MISOLFA (Moniteur d'Images SOLaires Franco-Algérien), a seeing monitor. Additional instrumentation consists in a Sun photometer, which measures atmospheric aerosol properties, a pyranometer to measure the solar irradiance, a visible camera, and a weather station. PICARD SOL is operating since March 2011. First results from the PICARD SOL mission are briefly reported in this paper. © 2012 SPIE. Source

Boualit A.,Unite de recherche appliquee en energies renouvelables | Zeraibi N.,University of Boumerdes | Boualit S.,Unite de recherche appliquee en energies renouvelables | Amoura M.,Sudan University of Science and Technology
International Journal of Thermal Sciences

The thermal development of the hydrodynamically developing laminar flow of a viscoplastic fluid (fluid of Bingham) between two plane plates maintained at a constant temperature has been studied numerically. This analysis has shown the effect caused by inertia and the rheological behaviour of the fluid on the velocity, pressure and temperature fields. The effects of Bingham and Peclet numbers on the Nusselt values with the inclusion of viscous dissipation are also discussed. © 2010 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved. Source

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