Mo Wang

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Engineering Science


Mechanical and Materials Engineering


Dr. Kamran Siddiqui


A three-dimensional model of parabolic dish-receiver system with argon gas as the working fluid is designed to simulate the thermal performance of the concentrated solar energy system using commercial software FEMAP-TMG. A comprehensive parametric study is conducted to investigate the impact of several geometrical, radiative and operational parameters on the performance of the dish-receiver system. The results show that the aperture size, different inlet/outlet configurations, reflectivity of the parabolic dish, flow rate and working fluids have considerable impacts on the receiver wall and gas temperatures, while the rim angle of the dish, emissivity and absorptivity of the interior wall of the receiver have negligible impacts. An optimal configuration of the system is proposed based on the parametric study.



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