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dc.contributor.advisorAlexander Slocum.en_US
dc.contributor.authorAbiose, Kabiren_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-12-05T19:59:18Z
dc.date.available2016-12-05T19:59:18Z
dc.date.copyright2016en_US
dc.date.issued2016en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/105718
dc.descriptionThesis: S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2016.en_US
dc.descriptionCataloged from PDF version of thesis.en_US
dc.description.abstractConcentrating solar power (CSP) stands as a promising renewable energy technology with the ability to contribute towards global reduction of carbon emissions. A major obstacle to increased adoption of CSP plants has to do with their high initial investment cost; consequently, there is a powerful desire to find improvements that decrease the initial capital investment for a CSP plant. One such improvement involves connecting modularized parabolic trough segments, each with the same dimensions, decreasing the overall amount of actuators required along with greatly simplifying system control architecture. This thesis is concerned with the extent to which parabolic solar trough modules can be connected together while still being able to operate to desired accuracy under expected load. Accuracy requirements are calculated, along with expected loads resulting in frictional torque on the trough. These expected loads are combined with a model for the effect of connecting multiple trough modules to generate a relationship between number of chained modules and required torsional stiffness. To verify said model, an experimental setup was designed and constructed to simulate loads due to both trough weight and wind loads.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Kabir Abiose.en_US
dc.format.extent32 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectMechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.titleImproving the concentrated solar power plant through connecting the modular parabolic solar troughen_US
dc.title.alternativeImproving the CSP plant through connecting the modular parabolic solar troughen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeS.B.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering
dc.identifier.oclc964672029en_US


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