Date of Award
Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Sandra Boetcher, Ph.D.
First Committee Member
Sathya Gangadharan, Ph.D.
Second Committee Member
Rafael Rodriguez, M.S.
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.
Scholarly Commons Citation
Northshield, Brian, "Aerodynamic Study of Forces due to Wind Velocity and Angle of Attack on Parabolic Solar Troughs" (2014). PhD Dissertations and Master's Theses. 174.