Evaluation of Thermal Energy Storage Devices for Advanced Solar Dynamic Systems

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Roger A. Crane, Gannesh Bharadhwaj

Mechanical Engineering Department, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620

J. Sol. Energy Eng 113(3), 138-145 (Aug 01, 1991) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2930485 History: Received November 20, 1989; Revised January 02, 1991; Online June 06, 2008


The work described herein addresses the thermal performance of three concepts for thermal energy storage as applied to solar dynamic applications. It is recognized that designs providing large thermal gradients or large temperature swings during orbit are susceptible to early mechanical failure. Concepts incorporating heat pipe technology may encounter operational limitations over sufficiently large ranges. By reviewing the thermal performance of basic designs the relative merits of the basic concepts are to be compared. In addition, the effect of thermal enhancement and metal utilization as applied to each design provides a partial characterization of the performance improvements to be achieved by developing these technologies.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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