Design Optimization of Sinusoidal Glass Honeycomb for Flat Plate Solar Collectors

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J. C. McMurrin

Solar Energy Conversion Systems, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

H. Buchberg

Chemical, Nuclear, and Thermal Engineering Department, University of California, Los Angeles, Calif.

J. Sol. Energy Eng 103(3), 268-274 (Aug 01, 1981) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3266250 History: Received August 10, 1980; Online November 11, 2009


The design of honeycomb made of sinusoidally corrugated glass strips was optimized for use in liquid-heating, single-glazed flat plate solar collectors with nonselective black absorbers. Cell dimensions maximizing daily-averaged solar collector efficiency and heat output per unit cost were estimated from present materials costs and postulated production methods for corrugated glass honeycomb cover assemblies. Efficiency of a cost-optimized honeycomb collector was predicted to be up to 60 percent at 100°C above ambient, and stagnation temperature up to 230°C above ambient (1000 W/m2 insolation), with lower cost per unit output than selective-absorber collectors similarly optimized.

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