Date of Award

7-2014

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Department

Mechanical Engineering

Committee Chair

Sandra Boetcher, Ph.D.

First Committee Member

Sathya Gangadharan, Ph.D.

Second Committee Member

Rafael Rodriguez, M.S.

Abstract

Scant literature exists of the atmospheric effects on parabolic solar troughs. The technology is relatively new, so supporting studies by consequence are as well.

This study examines the effects of wind at various speeds, with various angles of attack on parabolic solar troughs. This begins by picking up on previous study, corroborating previously found data, then introduces new angles of attack. The model includes the presence of the solar tube where other studies omit.

The purpose of this study is to build a data set which is useful for structural consideration. During the course of this study, it was found there are certain angles of attack that produce quasi-stable results. This is indicative of natural frequency at these angles, and is a significant structural consideration in its own right.

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