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Solar concentrator panel and gore testing in the JPL 25-foot space simulatorThe optical imaging characteristics of parabolic solar concentrator panels (or gores) have been measured using the optical beam of the JPL 25-foot space simulator. The simulator optical beam has been characterized, and the virtual source position and size have been determined. These data were used to define the optical test geometry. The point source image size and focal length have been determined for several panels. A flux distribution of a typical solar concentrator has been estimated from these data. Aperture photographs of the panels were used to determine the magnitude and characteristics of the reflecting surface errors. This measurement technique has proven to be highly successful at determining the optical characteristics of solar concentrator panels.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Dennison, E. W.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Argoud, M. J.
(California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 10, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 1981
Subject Category
Energy Production And Conversion
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 81-2534
Meeting Information
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Terrestrial Energy Systems Conference(Colorado Springs, CO)
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