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Homework Help: Radiative Heat Transfer

  1. Feb 26, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    The problem is about Nevada Solar One thermal solar power system.It uses 760 parabolic mirrors reflecting sunlight on a cylindrical tube carrying a heat transfer fluid.Each mirror contributes 84kW giving a total 64MW.
    Assumptions:The mirror has a width(orthogonal to incoming sunlight) of 1.4m and reflects 95% of the solar light(1125W/m2) on to the central tube.Let the central tube have a diameter of 6cm and be of uniform temperature and coated with a material that has the direction independent spectral emissivity as follows:

    ελ=0.85 for λ<2.6μm
    ελ=0.35 for 2.6<λ<4.2μm
    ελ=0.15 for λ>4.2μm

    Emitted energy from the tube that is reflected by the concentrator(mirror) may be neglected as may emission from the concentrator.The surrounding enviroment is a relative low temperature.

    1.if the heat exchange is only by radiation compute the temperature of the tube.
    2.if the tube is cooled to 650K by passing a coolant through its interior how much energy must be removed by the cooland per meter of tube length?
    3.how much lenght is needed to reach a power of 84kW.Is this length comparable with the length of Nevada Solar One?If not which assumptions should be changed?

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Here are the solutions i gave:
    1.if the heat exchange is only by radiation i can make a balance in what commes in and out of the tube so:
    qin=1125*95/100=1068.75 so in total 760*1068.75*760=812250W/m2

    So if i try some values for T i can see that for T=2150K qout=812250W/m2.
    I think that this is correct but there must be a more appropriate way to solve this question.
    Also i tried to take into account the spectral emission in wavelenghts below 2.6 as it is the most important in these temperatures and do a simple balance where qin=qout[tex]\Rightarrow[/tex]812250=0.85σΤ4 which results a T=2026.15K.So its reasonable.This offcourse is for the whole pipe and all the mirrors.

    2.for the second question i also made a balance taking into account the q thats goes out with the cooland so 0=qin-qcoolant-qradiation,T=650[tex]\Leftrightarrow[/tex]qcoolant=1068.75-2072,5=-1003.75W/m2

    So per meter of tube length 1003.75*2*π*r=189.2W/m

    3.To reach a power of 84kW [tex]\frac{84000}{189.2}[/tex]=444 while if i use the width 1.4m 84000/1068.75=79m2 so 79/1.4=56m

    In the second question i used the energy that comes in from one mirror since in the 3rd asks to reach a power of 84kW.i think that i could use the power from all mirrors qin=812250W/m2 if i had to compare it with the 64MW.Ive been also told that the qout by radiation is not important in this question but this doesnt seem the case to me.If i dont use energy emitted by radiation its basically like i dont define the temperature of the tube at 650K.Its also strange that i dont use the mirror width except when i calculate the tube length to compare it with what i find.I am looking for some inspiration and i would really appreciate any help and suggestions....

    Thanks in advance :)
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