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Service Lifetime Prediction Of Solar Absorber Surfaces From Results Of Accelerated Ageing Tests
Author(s): M. G. Hutchins; P. R. Dolley; K. Gindele; M. Khol; U. Frei; B. O. Carlsson; S. Tanemura; K. G. T. Hollands; A. J . Faber; P. A. van Nijnatten
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Paper Abstract

A review of an ongoing case study which aims to develop a methodology for the prediction of the service lifetime of solar absorber coatings is presented. The work forms part of Task X of the International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Programme which is investigating materials demand and performance in solar energy systems. The case study encompasses the identification of performance criteria for specific applications, e.g. domestic hot water systems, the ageing of absorber materials by accelerated testing of both individual samples and complete collectors, the identification and analysis of degradation mechanisms and failure modes and the development of mathematical models, which input data from accelerated ageing tests, to predict the service lifetime of an absorber coating in a particular end-use application. Commercially available black chrome and nickel-pigmented aluminium oxide selective absorbers are being used as test samples for development of the methodology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 March 1989
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1016, Optical Materials Technology for Energy Efficiency and Solar Energy Conversion VII, (6 March 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.949942
Show Author Affiliations
M. G. Hutchins, Oxford Polytechnic (England)
P. R. Dolley, Oxford Polytechnic (England)
K. Gindele, Universitat Stuttgart (Federal Republic of Germany)
M. Khol, Universitat Stuttgart (Federal Republic of Germany)
U. Frei, Interkantonales Technikum Rapperswil (Switzerland)
B. O. Carlsson, Statens Provningsanstalt (Sweden)
S. Tanemura, GIRI Nagoya (Japan)
K. G. T. Hollands, University of Waterloo (Canada)
A. J . Faber, Institute of Applied Physics (Holland)
P. A. van Nijnatten, Institute of Applied Physics (Holland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1016:
Optical Materials Technology for Energy Efficiency and Solar Energy Conversion VII
Claes-Goeran Granqvist; Carl M. Lampert, Editor(s)

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