Record number :
1906660
Title of article :
A detailed parameter study on the comprehensive characteristics and performance of a parabolic trough solar collector system
Author/Authors :
Cheng، نويسنده , , Ze-Dong and He، نويسنده , , Ya-Ling and Wang، نويسنده , , Kun and Du، نويسنده , , Bao-Cun and Cui، نويسنده , , F.Q.، نويسنده ,
Issue Information :
روزنامه با شماره پیاپی سال 2014
Pages :
12
From page :
278
To page :
289
Abstract :
This paper presents the theoretical analysis results of the relations between the geometric parameters of the reflector of a parabolic trough collector (PTC) system and the focal shape formed by the defocusing phenomenon of the non-parallel solar beam firstly. Then the effects of these designed parameters and the defocusing phenomenon on the comprehensive characteristics and performance of the whole process of the photo-thermal conversion in the PTC system were numerically studied and optimized, using a proposed three-dimensional integrated model combined the Finite Volume Method (FVM) with the Monte Carlo Ray-Trace (MCRT) method. It is revealed that the numerical results can be well explained by the theoretical analysis results, proving that the model and method used in the present study is feasible and reliable. It is also found that the comprehensive characteristics and performance are very different from some critical points determined by the defocusing phenomenon of the non-parallel solar beam. From these critical points, the optional ranges of the geometric parameters of the reflector are determined to collect the entire reflected beam from the reflector, with relative optimized performance. In addition, an improved description for the characteristics of the solar flux density distributions on the absorber tube is further presented.
Keywords :
Finite volume method , Parabolic trough collector , Coupled heat transfer , Comprehensive effect , MCRT method , Geometric parameter
Journal title :
Applied Thermal Engineering
Journal title :
Applied Thermal Engineering
Serial Year :
2014
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