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Testing And Evaluating Materials For Solar Applications
Author(s): Thomas E. Anderson
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Paper Abstract

During the past several years, DSET Laboratories, Inc. has been involved in developing information for a solar materials design handbook.' The scope of this program is to subject materials to both real-time and accelerated exposure tests, measure optical and physical properties at periodic intervals, and report the retention (or loss) of properties as a function of exposure. The primary objectives of this program are to develop new materials information for a current data base and to validate the existing data base. There are several features that distinguish this program from previous materials testing programs: (1) All materials are commercially available and were purchased from distributors or manufacturers without their knowledge of the purpose; (2) Exposure intervals are based on the total ultraviolet radiation received; (3) Most of the test methods employed simulate actual end-use conditions of solar device materials by utilizing special fixtures designed for that purpose. This paper will emphasize two facets of the above referenced program: (A) test methods employed in the weathering of solar device materials, and (B) the use of a multiple-integrating sphere spectrophotometer for determining the optical properties of solar materials.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 November 1984
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0502, Optical Materials Technology for Energy Efficiency and Solar Energy Conversion III, (2 November 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.944793
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Thomas E. Anderson, DSET Laboratories, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0502:
Optical Materials Technology for Energy Efficiency and Solar Energy Conversion III
Carl M. Lampert, Editor(s)

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