Design and Testing of a Cavity-Type, Steam-Generating, Central Receiver for a Solar Thermal Power Plant

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R. J. Zoschak, S. F. Wu

Foster Wheeler Development Corporation, Livingston, N. J.

D. N. Gorman

Martin Marietta Corporation, Denver, Colo.

J. Eng. Power 102(2), 486-494 (Apr 01, 1980) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3230282 History: Received December 04, 1978; Online September 28, 2009


This paper focuses on the design and operating aspects of a 10-MWe cavity-type, natural-circulation, steam-generating receiver for a central-receiver thermal power plant. The development of the receiver concept and the basic design features are described. The solar energy input analysis, thermal/hydraulic performance, and structural design of the receiver are discussed along with its control concept and transient operation. The design, construction, and testing of a 5-MWt scaled-down version of the 10-MWe receiver are summarized with emphasis on test objectives, scaling criteria, and design similarities to the full-scale receiver.

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