Heat transfer and thermodynamic performance of a parabolic trough receiver with centrally placed perforated plate inserts

Aggrey Mwesigye, Tunde Bello-Ochende, Josua P. Meyer

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In this paper, a numeriinvestigation of thermal and thermodynamic performance of a receiver for a parabolic trough solar collector with perforated plate inserts is presented. The analysis was carried out for different perforated plate geometrical parameters including dimensionless plate orientation angle, the dimensionless plate spacing, and the dimensionless plate diameter. The Reynolds number varies in the range 1.02×104≤Re≤7.38×105 depending on the heat transfer fluid temperature. The fluid temperatures used are 400K, 500K, 600K and 650K. The porosity of the plate was fixed at 0.65. The study shows that, for a given value of insert orientation, insert spacing and insert size, there is a range of Reynolds numbers for which the thermal performance of the receiver improves with the use of perforated plate inserts. In this range, the modified thermal efficiency increases between 1.2% and 8%. The thermodynamic performance of the receiver due to inclusion of perforated plate inserts is shown to improve for flow rates lower than 0.01205m3/s. Receiver temperature gradients are shown to reduce with the use of inserts. Correlations for Nusselt number and friction factor were also derived and presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)989-1003
Number of pages15
JournalApplied Energy
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The funding received from NRF, TESP, and Stellenbosch University/University of Pretoria, SANERI/SANEDI, CSIR, EEDSM Hub and NAC is duly acknowledged and appreciated.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 Elsevier Ltd.


  • Modified thermal efficiency
  • Parabolic trough receiver
  • Perforated plate inserts
  • Temperature gradients
  • Thermal performance
  • Thermodynamic performance

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