In this paper, a rational approach for multi-objective design and optimization of parabolic trough solar collectors for different design environments is presented. A macro and micro-level partitioning of the design problem is implemented. In this process, environmental goals, objectives, and limitations are accounted for at the macro-level of design. At the micro-level of design, subsystem designs that were developed at the macro-level design are integrated such as to maximize the collector all-day thermal efficiency. A seven-step procedure is developed to optimize the collector dimensions at the micro-level of design. The process is demonstrated through illustrative examples.
A Conceptual Basis for the Design of Parabolic Troughs for Different Design Environments
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Gu¨ven, H. M., Mistree, F., and Bannerot, R. B. (February 1, 1986). "A Conceptual Basis for the Design of Parabolic Troughs for Different Design Environments." ASME. J. Sol. Energy Eng. February 1986; 108(1): 60–66. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.3268065
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