Image and Ray Tracing Analysis of a Parabolic Dish Collector to Achieve High Flux on a Solar Volumetric Reactor

Nidia Aracely Cisneros-Cárdenas*, Rafael Enrique Cabanillas-López, Ramiro Alberto Calleja-Valdez, Ricardo Arturo Pérez-Enciso, Carlos Alberto Pérez-Rábago, Rafael Gutiérrez-García

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The need to achieve a uniform distribution of concentrated solar flux in the photovoltaic, thermal or any other receivers is a common problem; therefore, the optical characterization of the concentration system is necessary to determinate the physical characteristics of the receptors. In this work, a parabolic dish concentrator of 1.65x1.65 m2, developed by research from the University of Arizona, is optically characterized under normal operating conditions, also known as environmental conditions that refer to non-controlled conditions as solar radiation, environmental temperature and wind velocity that could affect slightly, by thermal and mechanical efforts, the distribution profiles of the concentrated solar radiation. The set used for the evaluation consisted of the parabolic mirror and Chilled Lambertian Flat Surface installed in the focal point on the optical axis of the mirror. The evaluation was divided into two parts: A theoretical part that consist on using ray tracing simulation and an experimental part that corresponds to image analysis. The used methodology in this work has been stablish in many researches, so this is a reliable method. The global optical error was 2.3 mrad under normal operating conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2545-2553
Number of pages9
JournalMRS Advances
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

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  • energy generation
  • optical properties
  • simulation


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