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Title: Evacuated flat-plate solar collectors

A structural support system is disclosed for use in an evacuated, flat-plate, solar collector to eliminate the problem of stress fractures in a glass cover plate. Nonlinearly spaced supports are used within the collector to dampen vibrations in the glass cover and to prevent overdeflection before buckling or stress fractures occur.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5980470
Report Number(s):
US 4289113
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: Filed date 27 Jul 1979
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; COVERINGS; STRESS INTENSITY FACTORS; EVACUATED COLLECTORS; SUPPORTS; FLAT PLATE COLLECTORS; DESIGN; FRACTURES; EQUIPMENT; FAILURES; MECHANICAL STRUCTURES; SOLAR COLLECTORS; SOLAR EQUIPMENT 141000* -- Solar Collectors & Concentrators