Modeling and Optimum Design of a Wire Mesh Solar Volumetric Air Receiver

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T. E. Hellmuth

Department of Engineering Technology, Department 3566, New Mexico State University, P.O. Box 30001, Las Cruces, NM 88003

L. K. Matthews

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department 3450, New Mexico State University, P.O. Box 30001, Las Cruces, NM 88003

J. Sol. Energy Eng 119(3), 208-213 (Aug 01, 1997) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2888020 History: Received September 01, 1996; Revised January 01, 1997; Online February 14, 2008


This paper describes the development of a computer model to predict the performance of a discrete layer wire mesh solar volumetric air receiver. The model accounts for all important energy transfer processes within the absorber and allows for the use of two different types of wire mesh screens. Model predictions are compared to experimental results for validation purposes. An optimum design analysis is performed to determine optimum receiver characteristics and performance. Results show a predicted efficiency in the range of 89 percent to 87 percent when the outlet air temperature is between 700°C and 820°C, respectively.

Copyright © 1997 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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