Laboratory simulation of the surface erosion of solar glass mirrors

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Karim M, Naamane, S., Delord, C. and Bennouna, A. 2015. Laboratory simulation of the surface erosion of solar glass mirrors. Solar Energy. 118, pp. 520-532. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2015.05.044
AuthorsKarim M, Naamane, S., Delord, C. and Bennouna, A.
Abstract

During their functioning in concentrated solar power plant – CSP, Glass mirrors are exposed to several climate conditions that cause their degradation. Surface erosion is among mechanical degradation phenomena that can alter mirrors surface and cause a decrease of the overall performance of the CSP plant. Several parameters are influencing this degradation phenomenon, namely the impact speed, the impact angle and the erosive sand particles properties. In this study, we proceed by simulation tests to investigate the effect of surface erosion phenomenon on thin glass mirrors. In order to be representative of the natural degradation phenomenon, the inputs parameters are chosen according to collected data from two different sites in Morocco. Results of simulation tests analysis indicate that the loss in specular reflectance increases with the impact speed. By analyzing the effect of the impact angle, it was discovered that the maximum surface erosion is observed at normal impact angle of 90°. Concerning the effect of sand particles properties on optical degradation, it was found that this latter increases by increasing the sand particle’s size which increase the erosion surface rate. In addition, it was shown that the sand particle’s sharpness presents a precursor for surface erosion phenomenon.

Keywordsconcentrated solar power plant; Glass mirrors; Surface erosion
Year2015
JournalSolar Energy
Journal citation118, pp. 520-532
PublisherElsevier
ISSN 1471-1257
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2015.05.044
Web address (URL)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0038092X15003084
Output statusPublished
Publication dates23 Jun 2015
Publication process dates
Accepted09 May 2015
Deposited03 Aug 2023
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