A Conceptual Basis for the Design of Parabolic Troughs for Different Design Environments

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H. M. Güven

Department of Mechanical Engineering, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182

F. Mistree, R. B. Bannerot

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston—University Park, Houston, TX 77004

J. Sol. Energy Eng 108(1), 60-66 (Feb 01, 1986) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3268065 History: Received August 01, 1985; Online November 11, 2009


In this paper, a rational approach for multi-objective design and optimization of parabolic trough solar collectors for different design environments is presented. A macro and micro-level partitioning of the design problem is implemented. In this process, environmental goals, objectives, and limitations are accounted for at the macro-level of design. At the micro-level of design, subsystem designs that were developed at the macro-level design are integrated such as to maximize the collector all-day thermal efficiency. A seven-step procedure is developed to optimize the collector dimensions at the micro-level of design. The process is demonstrated through illustrative examples.

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