Transmission of Solar Radiation Through a Random Medium of Water and Glass

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M. J. Witte, T. A. Newell

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801

J. Sol. Energy Eng 108(3), 199-205 (Aug 01, 1986) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3268093 History: Received August 01, 1984; Online November 11, 2009


Two models are presented for the prediction of solar radiation transmission through a random medium of glass and water. One model is based on two-dimensional radiation exchange through a rectangular lattice of glass and water. This model is also applicable for materials other than glass and water. The other model is a semi-empirical equation which expresses the transmission as an exponential function. Both models predict transmittances within 5–10 percent of experimental data.

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