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Selective absorbers from substituted magnetite-based coatings
Author(s): Jean Pierre Traverse
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Paper Abstract

Selective solar absorbers have been prepared for industrial applications with an original treatment -- chemical conversion of the surface -- of ferritic stainless steels. They present a high solar absorbance ((alpha) s approximately equals 0.95), a low emittance ((xi) approximately equals 0.20), a high thermal stability, and a high resistance to corrosion by atmospheric agents. Characteristics of the material have been thoroughly analyzed. Results are given and discussed. Physical chemical composition and texture of the coatings are very complex. The coating is a thin, microporous and rough medium presenting a fractal structure. The main component is Cr3+ substituted magnetite. Optical properties have been studied with the help of a simple model. In spite of the complexity of the material, the spectral selectivity can be explained and predicted taking chemical composition, texture, and depth of the coating into account.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 November 1992
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1727, Optical Materials Technology for Energy Efficiency and Solar Energy Conversion XI: Selective Materials, Concentrators and Reflectors, Transparent Insulation and Superwindows, (25 November 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.130485
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Jean Pierre Traverse, Univ. Paul Sabatier (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1727:
Optical Materials Technology for Energy Efficiency and Solar Energy Conversion XI: Selective Materials, Concentrators and Reflectors, Transparent Insulation and Superwindows
Anne Hugot-Le Goff; Claes-Goeran Granqvist; Carl M. Lampert, Editor(s)

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