Energy Conversion Systems Reference Handbook. Volume II. Solar - Thermal Energy Sources

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Report Number: WADD TR 60-699 Volume II
Author(s): McClelland, D. H., Stephens, C. W.
Corporate Author(s): Electro-Optical Systems, Inc.
Date of Publication: 1960-09
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Identifier: AD0256973

Basic problems in the development of lightweight, high efficiency, solar concentrating mirrors for space power systems are discussed. Various concentrator and absorber configurations are compared both on the basis of idealized performance and in regard to performance degradation due to geometric errors. Concentrator structural design classifications are presented and are related to fabrication techniques, materials, and reflective surfacing methods. Orientation requirements and the effects of the space environment are considered. Tests are presented for determining collector performance and for evaluating mirror surface quality.

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