Title

Configuration Effects on Flow Dynamics and Convective Behavior in Large-Scale Solar Arrays

Published In

2020 47th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC)

Document Type

Citation

Publication Date

6-15-2020

Abstract

Effects of height and orientation within a model solar farm are studied with respect to heat transfer characteristics and flow mechanisms. Four configurations varying height and inclination were considered in a 4 × 10 unit, heated array. Temperature data compared panel surface convection, and Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) captured corresponding velocity data. Array height increases produced greatest overall convection, promoting higher velocities and inducing sub-panel flow. Array reversal with respect to inflow captures high-momentum flow, increasing convective cooling on lower panel surfaces.

Rights

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DOI

10.1109/PVSC45281.2020.9300740

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/34874

Publisher

IEEE

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