Solar concentrator wind loadings

Date
1996-12
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Texas Tech University
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The objective of this project was to determine the maximum wind loadings on a notched parabohc solar concentrator. To accomplish this objective, a test program was conducted using the Texas Tech tow tank. The results from testing a one-tenth scale model were put into nondimensional force and moment coefficients. The maximum coefficients are as follows: hft,0.92; drag, 1.42; side force, 1.05; yaw moment, -0.23; roll moment, 0.72; and pitch moment, 1.28. These results shovdd be used as a starting estimate for the beginning stages of the structural design of the solar concentrator support structure.

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Solar collectors, Wind effects, Structural analysis
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