The choice of the diameter of the hydraulic lines between the DualSun SPRING3 or SPRING4 panels and the technical room directly influences the hydraulic pressure drops.
Choosing the diameter depends on the type of installation: number of panels and the glycoled water flow necessary.
Note: For a solarothermal application the nominal flow of the heat pump can vary a lot depending on the model. It is therfore necessary to double check this valu before choosing the diameter of the pipes.
To simplify the work of design offices and installers, we recommend the diameters that we believe to be optimized. We have thus defined charts for the different applications possible with the DualSun panels.Spring : the flow rates per application are recommended to optimize heat exchanges.
1  Individual Solar Water Heating Application (ISWH) or solarothermal Heat Pump
The nominal flow rate is 60 L/h/panel.
Multilayer piping:
Number of panels

1 → 9

10 → 16

17 → 30

31 → 54

55 → 102

Pipe diameter

DN20

DN26

DN32

DN40

DN50

Copper piping:
Number of panels

1 → 9

10 → 16

17 → 30

31 → 54

55 → 90

Pipe diameter

DN18

DN22

DN28

DN32

DN42

Corrugated stainless steel piping:
Number of panels

1 → 8

9 → 14

15 → 24

25 → 44

45 → 76

Pipe diameter

DN16

DN20

DN25

DN32

DN40

2  Individual Solar Water Heating Application (ISWH) with Thermal Discharge or solarothermal heat pump
The nominal flow rate is 100 L/h /panel.
Multilayer piping:
Number of panels

1 → 12

13 → 24

25 → 44

45 → 80

Pipe diameter

DN26

DN32

DN40

DN50

Copper piping:
Number of panels

1 → 10

11 → 20

21 → 30

31 → 60

Pipe diameter

DN22

DN28

DN32

DN42

Stainless steel piping:
Number of panels

1 → 8

9 → 14

15 → 26

27 → 46

Pipe diameter

DN20

DN25

DN32

DN40

3  Direct solar pool heating application (without heat exchanger)
The nominal flow rate is 200 L/h /panel.
For this flow we recommend that the pipes must be PVC pressure.
Number of panels

1 → 18

19 → 32

23 → 56

57 → 90

Pipe diameter

DN40

DN50

DN63

DN75

➕ What piping is recommended between the solar panels and the hot water tank?
Pressure drop theory:
The formula for calculating linear pressure drops in a straight pipe is written as follows:
With:
Δp = Linear pressure loss in Pa
∧ = Pressure loss coefficient (value without dimension)
⍴ = Fluid density in kg/m3
V = Flow velocity in m/s
D = Internal diameter of hydraulic line in m
L = Length of hydraulic line in m
Thus the pressure losses are:
 Linearly proportional to the length of the pipes
 Inversely proportional to the pipe diameter
 Proportional to the square of the fluid flow velocity
As the flow rate is calculated to optimise the heat exchange between the solar panels and the solar storage tank, to limit the pressure losses in the hydraulic lines it is then necessary to:
 Bring the solar panels as close as possible to the technical room
 Choose a sufficient pipe diameter
On the other hand, the viscosity of the fluid and its flow rate determine the pressure drop coefficient, as shown in the Moody diagram below:
Source: Wikipedia
 The average roughness of the multilayer tube is 0.006 mm. Its relative roughness varies between 1.4.104 and 5.104
 The average roughness of the PVC pressure pipe is 0.0015 mm. Its relative roughness varies between 2.3.105 and 4.4.105.
 With the pipe diameters calculated in the charts above, the Reynolds number varies between 5000 and 60,000.
 The average pressure drop coefficient to be used in the calculations, based on relative roughness and Reynolds number, is 0.025.
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