Performance of Closed Cylindrical Parabolic Trough Collector for Solar Thermal Application


School of Mechanical Engineering, VIT University, Vellore-632014 (TN), India


A Cylindrical parabolic trough (CPT) collector of aperture width 1.03 m and length of 1.82m was designed and fabricated. CPT was covered with glass of thickness of 3 mm to avoid convective heat loss. Reflector coated with polished aluminum sheet having reflectivity 0.87 and receiver tube made of mild steelcoated with black zinc having absorptivity of 0.94 were used for CPT. mass flow rate of working fluid was 4 l/h. Thermal performance of CPT collector was tested according to ASHRAE Standardmethods. Average instantaneous efficiency of closed cylindrical parabolic trough collector system was found to be 66%. The overall efficiency of CPT system is 71% which is best suited for solar thermal applications.


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