Finite element strategies for the efficient analysis and evaluation of solar collector structures

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Concentrating or reflecting structures for solar energy systems must be evaluated as to their structural integrity and optical performance. Computer studies can be used as an integral part of these evaluations. The computer studies make use of finite element structural codes coupled with post-processors that calculate optical data. If the analysis of a solar structure is to be carried out in an efficient manner, these computer codes must have certain capabilities. A number of solar energy projects at Sandia National Laboratories have made extensive use of finite element analyses. The analyses have been useful in evaluating design concepts which hold ... continued below

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Koteras, J. R. January 1, 1980.

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Concentrating or reflecting structures for solar energy systems must be evaluated as to their structural integrity and optical performance. Computer studies can be used as an integral part of these evaluations. The computer studies make use of finite element structural codes coupled with post-processors that calculate optical data. If the analysis of a solar structure is to be carried out in an efficient manner, these computer codes must have certain capabilities. A number of solar energy projects at Sandia National Laboratories have made extensive use of finite element analyses. The analyses have been useful in evaluating design concepts which hold promise for large scale use in solar energy projects. Analysis procedures have been developed for some structures so that evaluations can be carried out in a straightforward manner.

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  • 1. Chautauqua on finite element modeling and MSC/nastran, Cape Cod, MA, USA, 15 Sep 1980

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  • Report No.: SAND-80-0381C
  • Report No.: CONF-800925-1
  • Grant Number: AC04-76DP00789
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5320400
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1074238

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Koteras, J. R. Finite element strategies for the efficient analysis and evaluation of solar collector structures, article, January 1, 1980; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1074238/: accessed October 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.