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TECHNICAL BRIEFS

In Situ Measurement of Solar Pond Density Profiles

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J. Langeliers, C. G. Stojanoff

University of Nevada System, Desert Research Institute, Energy Systems Center, Boulder City, Nev. 89005

J. Sol. Energy Eng 105(4), 380-382 (Nov 01, 1983) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3266396 History: Received November 29, 1982; Online November 11, 2009

Abstract

The stability of a solar pond is critically dependent upon the maintenance of a suitable vertical density gradient, but rapid, inexpensive methods of profiling the density gradient do not presently exist. A method for obtaining in situ density profiles through measurement of hydrostatic pressure differential is described and investigated. Design parameters and experimental results are presented for a prototype instrument.

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