FluxTracer is a new open source computer program being developed by the Cyprus Institute in close collaboration with the Australian National University. It is an experimental post-processor for Monte Carlo Ray Tracer (MCRT) simulations. By post-processing the rays generated by a MCRT, FluxTracer can provide information useful to analyze the distribution of the concentrated solar radiation in user-defined 3D-regions of interest within a solar concentrator. This paper presents the application of FluxTracer, to analyze the focal region of the heliostat field of the solar tower power plant considered as reference within the Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative (ASTRI) and demonstrates the usefulness of the program in optimizing the dimensions of external cylindrical receivers or in providing guidance with regard to new receiver geometries of potential interest.
Analysis of the focal region of the heliostat field of the ASTRI reference plant with fluxtracer
Manuel Blanco, Marios Constantinou, Clotilde Corsi, Victor Grigoriev, Kypros Milidonis, Constantinos F. Panagiotou, Costas N. Papanicolas, John Pye, Evgeny Votyakov; Analysis of the focal region of the heliostat field of the ASTRI reference plant with fluxtracer. AIP Conf. Proc. 25 July 2019; 2126 (1): 170002. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5117672
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