Experimental Analysis of Non-Tracking Solar Parabolic Dish Concentrating System for Steam Generation


  • Meenakshisundaram Arulkumaran Oxford Engineering College
  • William Christraj Shri Angalaamman College of Engineering and Technology




Concentrator, dish, solar energy, solar trace, sun tracking.


This report presents experimental platform based on the design, development and performance characteristics of direct steam generation by non-tracking solar paraboloidal dish concentrating system. The performance of the concentrator is experimentally investigated with the water circulated as heat transfer fluid. The system is fabricated with highly reflective aluminium foil sheet. The experimental setup is placed in open, and the tests were carried out. The collector's efficiency was noted. The results are encouraging to provide the data for developing steam generation for rural application. The concentrated heat is absorbed by a copper tube which is made up of coil in a curved shape and it is fixed on solar trace path in which, it is eliminates tracking the sun in the east west direction and optimal tracking of the sun in the north-south to obtain maximum solar energy. The experimental results are taken on summer and cloud free days. The test results were measured 215oC with solar steam conversion efficiency is 60 - 70% measured.


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Author Biographies

Meenakshisundaram Arulkumaran

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Oxford Engineering College, Tiruchirappalli, PIN: 620009, India

William Christraj

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Shri Angalaamman College of Engineering and Technology, Tiruchirappalli, PIN: 621105, India


Published In
Vol 16 No 2, Feb 9, 2012
How to Cite
M. Arulkumaran and W. Christraj, “Experimental Analysis of Non-Tracking Solar Parabolic Dish Concentrating System for Steam Generation”, Eng. J., vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 53-60, Feb. 2012.