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Monitoring of service life consumption for tubular solar receivers: Review of contemporary thermomechanical and damage modeling approaches

Hering, Dominik and Binder, Matthias and Schwarzbözl, Peter and Schwaiger, Ruth and Pitz-Paal, Robert (2021) Monitoring of service life consumption for tubular solar receivers: Review of contemporary thermomechanical and damage modeling approaches. Solar Energy, 226, pp. 427-445. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.solener.2021.08.022. ISSN 0038-092X.

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Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0038092X21006770


Concentrating solar power plays a vital role in the transformation of global energy landscape towards sustainable and environmentally sound energy supply. Currently, tower systems with molten salt tubular receivers are most common in commercial scale applications. Operational optimization of such systems necessitates detailed knowledge of operating limits of receiver components exposed to inhomogeneous solar flux densities of up to 1MW/m2 and local salt temperatures of in part more than 600 °C, fluctuating at various time scales. Traditionally, the operating limits aforementioned are captured in a simplified manner via the top-down concept of allowable flux density. To the authors' view, there is considerable room for improvement over this approach as far as optimization of inherent thermomechanical and damage modeling are concerned. What is more, an alternative bottom-up concept, though implying more stringent requirements on model and processing performance, promises notably increased economic viability essentially due to reduced safety margins in operation and condition-based maintenance strategies. In this paper, essential approaches and assumptions of thermomechanical and damage modeling methods in topical literature are comprehensively discussed and assessed in terms of their potential for the approach outlined to be demonstrated at a pilot scale test facility. As a result, it is concluded that modeling can be substantially improved applying extended analytical methods from the literature. In addition, depending on model complexity and available computational resources, a few heuristic-numerical models are potentially applicable in favor of more detailed thermomechanical modeling regarding i.a. actual receiver geometry and local boundary conditions.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/143752/
Document Type:Article
Title:Monitoring of service life consumption for tubular solar receivers: Review of contemporary thermomechanical and damage modeling approaches
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Binder, MatthiasMAN Energy Solutions SE, New TechnologiesUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Schwaiger, RuthInstitute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK), Forschungszentrum JuelichUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pitz-Paal, RobertUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3542-3391UNSPECIFIED
Date:31 August 2021
Journal or Publication Title:Solar Energy
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 427-445
Keywords:Molten salt solar tubular receiver, Operational optimization, Allowable flux density, Thermal stress, Creep-fatigue damage, Corrosion
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Materials and Technologies for the Energy Transition
HGF - Program Themes:High-Temperature Thermal Technologies
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E SW - Solar and Wind Energy
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Smart Operation
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Solar Research > Solar Power Plant Technology
Deposited By: Hering, Dominik
Deposited On:06 Oct 2021 18:16
Last Modified:03 Nov 2023 13:26

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