A New High-Temperature Solar Research Furnace

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R. B. Diver, D. E. E. Carlson, F. J. Macdonald, E. A. Fletcher

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. 55455

J. Sol. Energy Eng 105(3), 288-293 (Aug 01, 1983) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3266380 History: Received December 03, 1982; Online November 11, 2009


A new highly concentrating solar research furnace has recently been completed at the University of Minnesota. The experimentally observed flux concentration ratio, at small aperture, of a cavity receiver is about 7000. The furnace embodies features which may be of interest to others in the solar energy community. This paper describes its construction and performance.

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