ANALYSIS OF SOLAR REFLECTORS. MATHEMATICAL THEORY AND METHODOLOGY FOR SIMULATION OF REAL REFLECTORS.
GENERAL MOTORS CORP INDIANAPOLIS IND ALLISON DIV
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A mathematical model for analysis of actual solar reflectors is formulated. This model allows one to calculate the energy flux on any arbitrarily shaped focal surface from any arbitrarily shaped reflector surface. Provisions are included for treating random surface errors on the reflector surface, orientation errors of any size, and vignetting of reflected radiation by a cavity opening. No approximations have been introduced into this model. Operative computer programs for evaluating solar reflectors have been developed from these equations. Details concerning these programs are also presented. Author