Optimization of Parabolic Trough Collector Design for Varying Manufacturing Tolerances Using a Closed-Form Expression for Intercept Factor

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H. M. Güven

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

J. Sol. Energy Eng 116(3), 164-166 (Aug 01, 1994) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2930077 History: Received March 01, 1993; Revised March 01, 1994; Online June 06, 2008


In this paper, a closed-form expression for intercept factor is used to carry out the optimization of parabolic trough collector geometry (rim angle and concentration ratio). It is shown that the presented closed-form expression eliminates the need for a detailed ray-trace computer code and facilitates optimization of the collector optical design parameters.

Copyright © 1994 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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