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  • Main Title Application experience and field performance of silvered polymer reflectors


  • Author: Schissel, P.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Jorgensen, G.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Pitts, R.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy.
    Contributor Type: Organization
    Contributor Info: USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)


  • Name: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (U.S.)
    Place of Publication: Golden, Colorado
    Additional Info: National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)


  • Creation: 1991-04-01


  • English


  • Content Description: The solar-weighted hemispheric reflectance of unweathered silvered acrylic mirrors exceeds 92%, and specular reflectance into a 4- milliradian, full-cone acceptance angle is greater than 90%. Comparison of outdoor and accelerated tests suggests that the protected silver can resist corrosion for the five-year life that is the current goal. An installation of parabolic troughs has been cleaned monthly for two years, and reflectance is regularly returned to within a few percent of the initial reflectance values. In the presence of moisture, the silver/acrylic bond can delaminate to form a maze of tunnels and destroy specular reflectance. Proper edge preparation and protection delay the initiation of tunnels. 6 refs.
  • Physical Description: 8 p.


  • Keyword: Corrosion And Erosion
  • Keyword: Polyacrylates
  • STI Subject Categories: 14 Solar Energy
  • Keyword: Reflectivity 141000
  • Keyword: Mirrors
  • Keyword: Silver
  • STI Subject Categories: 36 Materials Science
  • Keyword: Coatings
  • Keyword: Reliability
  • STI Subject Categories: 360104
  • Keyword: Physical Properties
  • STI Subject Categories: 360105
  • Keyword: Parabolic Trough Reflectors
  • Keyword: Corrosion Resistance
  • Keyword: Solar Collectors And Concentrators
  • Keyword: Weathering


  • Conference: World congress of the International Solar Energy Society,Denver, CO (United States),19-23 Aug 1991


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Article


  • Text


  • Other: DE92010570
  • Report No.: NREL/TP--257-4146
  • Report No.: CONF-910802--4
  • Grant Number: AC02-83CH10093
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 10151011
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1310751


  • Display Note: OSTI; NTIS; GPO Dep.