A high-flux solar furnace for undergraduate engineering education and high-temperature thermochemistry research

G. Scott Duncan, Shahin Nudehi, Robert Palumbo, Luke J. Venstrom

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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Abstract

The optical design and engineering features of a 10 kW solar furnace now operational at Valparaiso University are described. The solar furnace is anticipated to achieve a mean concentration ratio of 3000 suns over a 6 cm diameter focus. It will support high-temperature solar chemistry research and undergraduate engineering pedagogy. Many of the components of the solar furnace were designed and constructed by undergraduate engineering students. Some of these students cite their participation in the solar furnace project as the motivating factor for continuing to work in the area of energy science in industry or graduate school.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASME 2014 8th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, ES 2014 Collocated with the ASME 2014 12th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
PublisherWeb Portal ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791845868
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
EventASME 2014 8th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, ES 2014 Collocated with the ASME 2014 12th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology - Boston, United States
Duration: Jun 30 2014Jul 2 2014

Publication series

NameASME 2014 8th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, ES 2014 Collocated with the ASME 2014 12th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
Volume1

Other

OtherASME 2014 8th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, ES 2014 Collocated with the ASME 2014 12th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
CountryUnited States
CityBoston
Period6/30/147/2/14

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