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Dynamic thermal model of photovoltaic cell illuminated by laser beam
Author(s): Xiaoguang Liu; Wenshen Hua; Tong Guo
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Paper Abstract

Photovoltaic cell is one of the most important components of laser powered unmanned aerial vehicle. Illuminated by high power laser beam, photovoltaic cell temperature increases significantly, which leads to efficiency drop, or even physical damage. To avoid such situation, the temperature of photovoltaic cell must be predicted precisely. A dynamic thermal model of photovoltaic cell is established in this paper, and the relationships between photovoltaic cell temperature and laser power, wind speed, ambient temperature are also analyzed. Simulation result indicates that illuminated by a laser beam, the temperature of photovoltaic cell rises gradually and reach to a constant maximum value. There is an approximately linear rise in photovoltaic cell temperature as the laser flux gets higher. The higher wind speed is, the stronger forced convection is, and then the lower photovoltaic cell temperature is. But the relationship between photovoltaic cell temperature and wind speed is not linear. Photovoltaic cell temperature is proportional to the ambient temperature. For each increase of 1 degree of ambient temperature, there is approximate 1 degree increase in photovoltaic cell temperature. The result will provide fundamentals to take reasonable measures to control photovoltaic cell temperature.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 2015
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9532, Pacific Rim Laser Damage 2015: Optical Materials for High-Power Lasers, 95322E (14 July 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2187212
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Xiaoguang Liu, Mechanical Engineering College (China)
Wenshen Hua, Mechanical Engineering College (China)
Tong Guo, Mechanical Engineering College (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9532:
Pacific Rim Laser Damage 2015: Optical Materials for High-Power Lasers
Jianda Shao; Takahisa Jitsuno; Wolfgang Rudolph; Meiping Zhu, Editor(s)

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