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Title: Wind loading on tracking and field-mounted solar collectors

Abstract

Current design and testing procedures for wind loading are discussed. The test results corresponding to numerous wind tests on heliostats, parabolic troughs, parabolic dishes, and field mounted photovoltaic arrays are discussed and the applicability of the findings across the various technologies is assessed. One of the most significant consistencies in the data from all of the technologies is the apparent benefit provided by fences and field shielding. Taken in toto, these data show that load reductions of three, or possibly more, seem feasible, though a more thorough understanding of the phenomena involved must be attained before this benefit can be realized. It is recommended that the required understanding be developed to take advantage of this benefit and that field tests be conducted to correlate with both analyses and tests.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Solar Energy Research Inst., Golden, CO (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
6889663
Report Number(s):
SERI-TP-632-958
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-77CH00178
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; SOLAR CELL ARRAYS; WIND LOADS; SOLAR COLLECTORS; CALCULATION METHODS; DESIGN; DYNAMIC LOADS; HELIOSTATS; PARABOLIC DISH COLLECTORS; PARABOLIC TROUGH COLLECTORS; SHIELDING; SHIELDS; STATIC LOADS; STOWAGE; TESTING; VELOCITY; WIND; CONCENTRATING COLLECTORS; EQUIPMENT; PARABOLIC COLLECTORS; SOLAR EQUIPMENT; WIND LOADING; 141000* - Solar Collectors & Concentrators; 140600 - Solar Energy- Photovoltaic Power Systems

Citation Formats

Murphy, L. M. Wind loading on tracking and field-mounted solar collectors. United States: N. p., 1980. Web. doi:10.2172/6889663.
Murphy, L. M. Wind loading on tracking and field-mounted solar collectors. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/6889663
Murphy, L. M. 1980. "Wind loading on tracking and field-mounted solar collectors". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/6889663. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/6889663.
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title = {Wind loading on tracking and field-mounted solar collectors},
author = {Murphy, L. M.},
abstractNote = {Current design and testing procedures for wind loading are discussed. The test results corresponding to numerous wind tests on heliostats, parabolic troughs, parabolic dishes, and field mounted photovoltaic arrays are discussed and the applicability of the findings across the various technologies is assessed. One of the most significant consistencies in the data from all of the technologies is the apparent benefit provided by fences and field shielding. Taken in toto, these data show that load reductions of three, or possibly more, seem feasible, though a more thorough understanding of the phenomena involved must be attained before this benefit can be realized. It is recommended that the required understanding be developed to take advantage of this benefit and that field tests be conducted to correlate with both analyses and tests.},
doi = {10.2172/6889663},
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place = {United States},
year = {1980},
month = {12}
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