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A Parabolic Solar Reflector For Accurate And Economic Producibility
Author(s): William D. Antrim; Roy W. Miller; Martin J. Pitasi
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Paper Abstract

The fabrication of reflective parabolic surfaces for solar concentrating collector systems is fraught with the produceability problems of cost and accuracy. In the considerable experience at American Science and Engineering, Inc., and in the wide persual of the subject literature and pertinent company brochures, producing a reasonably accurate, stable trough type parabolic collector is aptly described by the buzz words "labor-intensive". In order to overcome this obstacle to the progress of this type of solar concen-trating collectors, a number of iterations at AS&E has led to the design and fabrication of an engineering model that is not only reasonably accurate, but is assembled from a few simple parts in moments. The design is the result of a continuous effort in solar energy at American Science and Engineering, Inc., and the present intention is to use the design towards fulfillment of the AS &E contract which is part of the DOE Solar Collector Research and Development Program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 November 1978
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0161, Optics Applied to Solar Energy IV, (17 November 1978); doi: 10.1117/12.956870
Show Author Affiliations
William D. Antrim, American Science and Engineering, Inc. (United States)
Roy W. Miller, American Science and Engineering, Inc. (United States)
Martin J. Pitasi, American Science and Engineering, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0161:
Optics Applied to Solar Energy IV
Keith D. Masterson, Editor(s)

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