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A thermal model to predict the dynamic performances of parabolic trough lines

Abstract : This work aims to predict the general performances of a pilot parabolic trough collector during transient periods. To do so, a one-dimensional thermal model has been developed. It has been validated with experimental results from two different experimental setups, in steady-state conditions, with a transmitted power maximum error of 3.4%. Since the model only predicts the collector's thermal behavior, the parabolic trough collector has been first optically qualified. Then, optical efficiencies were used as input for the model. Experimental results were obtained in steady-state conditions and compared to the model. Then, experimental and numerical results were compared during two period of time with varying inlet conditions (i.e. dynamic condition tests): the first one with stable conditions, and the other one with harsh conditions. The developed model showed a good capability of predicting the thermal behavior of the parabolic trough collector with unstable environment (DNI, mass flow, inlet temperature), with a 9.6% relative standard error in the worst case. As a conclusion, while previous studies only focused on steady-state conditions, it has been showed that this kind of model can be used to precisely predict the dynamic behavior of large power plants.
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Gilles Flamant, Franck Lecat, Philippe Neveux, Quentin Falcoz, Thomas Fasquelle. A thermal model to predict the dynamic performances of parabolic trough lines. Energy, Elsevier, 2017, 141, pp.1187-1203. ⟨hal-01897970⟩



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