Effects of Friction and Extraction on the Stability of Solar Ponds

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Y. S. Cha, W. T. Sha

Analytical Modeling Section, Components Technology Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Ill. 60439

S. L. Soo

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Ill.

J. Sol. Energy Eng 105(4), 356-362 (Nov 01, 1983) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3266391 History: Received August 04, 1983; Online November 11, 2009


Experimental results were compared to theoretical stability criteria of a salt gradient solar pond. Cellular motion in the nonconvective layer may be caused by instablity. Extension of stability criteria suggests use of stabilizing barriers via friction. Stability of longitudinal extraction assures optimum availability of energy from a solar pond.

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