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New Design of a Solar Collector Reflector

Mutaz Elayyan(1), Ismail Kaleel Al Masalha(2*), Aiman Al Alawin(3), Hussein Maaitah(4), Abdel Salam Alsabagh(5)

(1) Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Technology, Al-Balqa Applied University, Jordan
(2) Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Technology, Al-Balqa Applied University, Jordan
(3) Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Technology, Al-Balqa Applied University, Jordan
(4) Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Technology, Al-Balqa Applied University, Jordan
(5) Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Technology, Al-Balqa Applied University, Jordan
(*) Corresponding author


DOI: https://doi.org/10.15866/ireme.v14i3.18476

Abstract


In this research paper, a new theoretical approach for designing and simulating the optical performance of a solar reflector is presented, increasing its intercept factor and hence its efficiency. In order to achieve this, a special computer code was developed using MATLAB. After that, the result of this approach is to be compared with conventional reflectors (flat and circular shaped reflectors). In comparison, the new r at the specified dimensions has showed a huge improvement over the flat reflector where the maximum intercept factor has been around 97% for the designed reflector and about 84% for the flat one, while it has slightly exceeded the elliptical reflector by 4%. On the other hand, the max intercept factor for both the circular and the designed reflector has been almost the same. If the reflector width range falls within the range 5-11 cm, the designed reflector shows a larger intercept value than the circular one and above 11 cm the contrary occurs, noticing that the elliptical reflector intercept value significantly falls below those values for those two reflectors.
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Keywords


Solar Collectors; Solar Reflectors; Efficiency; Intercept Factor; Simulation; Concentrated Solar Collectors

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