Profile control on solar parabolic troughs

Year: 2014

Authors: Sansoni P., Fontani D., Francini F., Mercatelli L., Jafrancesco D., Sani E.

Autors Affiliation: CNR-INO

Abstract: Linear parabolic collectors usually need profilometric control since the reflector surface can be imperfectly manufactured. Optical profile assessment is generally addressed to detect small localised defects. The paper proposes two optical devices that were developed simulating profile measurements on linear parabolic mirrors. Solar troughs are employed in thermal plants and concentrating photovoltaic systems. The profilometer examines the reflector surface operating on a plane transversal to the linear axis of the trough collector. Then the detection is repeated displacing the optical device along the linear collector axis. The first profilometer includes a source of parallel rays and a target placed at the collector focal distance. The second profilometer has a fixed target and a linear source, which is approximately located in the focal position of the solar mirror. Ray-tracing simulations and practical tests are illustrated for both optical devices.


Volume: 2014      Pages from: 1  to: 4

More Information: Article ID: 06843911
KeyWords: optical metrology; solar energy; profilometry