Thermal model and thermodynamic performance of molten salt cavity receiver

Xin Li, Weiqiang Kong, Zhifeng Wang, Chun Chang, Fengwu Bai

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The design of a global steady-state thermal model of a 100 kWt molten salt cavity receiver was developed as part of the key project of the Ministry of Science and Technology of People's Republic of China (MOST). In the design process, the following factors were analyzed: receiver area, heat loss (convective, emissive, reflective and conductive), number of tubes in the receiver panel, tube diameter and receiver surface temperature. The model was also used to calculate the receiver performance of the Sandia National Laboratories' molten salt electric experiment (MSEE). In addition, the thermal performance of the designed molten salt cavity receiver is presented for a fixed outlet flow rate and a fixed output temperature.
Original languageEnglish
JournalRenewable Energy
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)981-988
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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