Thermal Fatigue Failure at the White Cliffs Solar Thermal Power Plant

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P. Bannister

Energy Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

J. Sol. Energy Eng 117(1), 57-58 (Feb 01, 1995) (2 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2847744 History: Received June 01, 1992; Revised June 01, 1993; Online February 14, 2008


The failure of receivers has been one of the main operating problems at the White Cliffs solar thermal power plant. This Technical Note reports the results of an initial investigation that identifies the cause as having been the thermal fatiguing of the tube walls. The fatigue appears to be caused by unstable heat transfer at vapor qualities below the point where critical heat flux is generally exceeded. Methods for avoiding this problem are tested.

Copyright © 1995 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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