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Development status of the PDC-1 Parabolic Dish ConcentratorThe status of development of the 12 m diameter parabolic dish concentrator which is planned for use with the Small Community Solar Thermal Power System. The PDC-1 unit features the use of plastic reflector film bonded to structural plastic gores supported by front-bracing steel ribs. An elevation-over-azimuth mount arrangement is employed, with a conventional wheel-and-track arrangement; outboard trunnions permit the dish to be stored in the face down position, with the added advantage of easy access to the power conversion assembly. The control system is comprised of a central computer (LSI 1123), a manual control panel, a concentrator control unit, two motor controllers, a Sun sensor, and two angular position resolvers. The system is designed for the simultaneous control of several concentrators. The optical testing of reflective panels is described.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Thostesen, T. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Soczak, I. F. (Ford Aerospace and Communications Corp. Newport Beach, Calif., United States)
Pons, R. L. (Ford Aerospace and Communications Corp. Newport Beach, Calif., United States)
Date Acquired
August 11, 2013
Publication Date
July 15, 1982
Publication Information
Publication: Parabolic Dish Solar Thermal Power Ann. Program Rev., Proc.
Subject Category
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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