The SolarField_Forristal model represents the solar field, composed by a loop of parabolic collectors, based on the Forristal model. The large ratio between diameter and length allows a 1-D discretization of the absorber tube.
The model is composed by two sub-components: the Flow1Dim and the SolAbsForristal components. They are connected together through a thermal port.
The Flow1Dim models the fluid flow in the heat collector element.
The SolAbsForristal represents the dynamic one-dimensional radial energy balance around the heat collector element.
The inputs to the model representing the ambient conditions are:

  • DNI: Direct Normal Radiation [W/m2]
  • Theta: Incidence angle [rad]
  • T_amb: ambient temperature [K]
  • v_wind: wind velocity [m/s]