Date of Award

12-2014

Degree Name

MS in Mechanical Engineering

Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor

Andrew Davol

Abstract

The Scheffler reflector is a new solar concentrator design which maintains a fixed focus while only having a single axis tracking mechanism. This design makes the construction and operation of high temperature solar concentrators accessible to developing nations. In this project, I wrote computer simulation codes to better understand the dynamics and the effect of deformation or deviations from ideal conditions in order to define necessary manufacturing and operational tolerances. These tools and knowledge drove the prototyping of new reflector concepts by myself and other students on my team. A fiberglass prototype was able to drive the cost of a reflector to sub-$50 and a wood reflector was manufactured with accessible materials and techniques used in boat building.

Scheffler Analysis Code v5.5.final.zip (26 kB)
Scheffler Simulation Matlab Code

RedirectingSunlightwithPolarTracking.pdf (686 kB)
Dual Mirror Reflector Manuscript

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