Multi-objective and thermodynamic optimisation of a parabolic trough receiver with perforated plate inserts

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

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In this paper, multi-objective and thermodynamic optimisation procedures are used to investigate the performance of a parabolic trough receiver with perforated plate inserts. Three dimensionless perforated plate geometrical parameters considered in the optimisation include the dimensionless orientation angle, the dimensionless plate diameter and the plate spacing per unit meter. The Reynolds number varies in the range 1.02 × 104 ≤ Re ≤ 1.36 × 106 depending on the fluid temperature. The multi-objective optimisation was realised through the combined use of computational fluid dynamics, design of experiments, response surface methodology and the Non-dominated Sorted Genetic Algorithm-II. For thermodynamic optimisation, the entropy generation minimisation method was used to determine configurations with minimum entropy generation rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-56
Number of pages15
JournalApplied Thermal Engineering
StatePublished - Feb 25 2015
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. All rights reserved.


  • Entropy generation minimisation
  • Heat transfer performance
  • Multi-objective optimisation
  • Parabolic trough receiver
  • Perforated plate inserts
  • Thermodynamic optimisation


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