Solar radiation on a catenary collector

M. Crutchik, Joseph Appelbaum

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A tent-shaped structure with a flexible photovoltaic blanket acting as a catenary collector is presented. The shadow cast by one side of the collector on the other side producing a self shading effect is analyzed. The direct beam, the diffuse and the albedo radiation on the collector are determined. An example is given for the insolation on the collector operating on the martian surface for the location of Viking Lander 1 (VL1).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-240
JournalSpace Power
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1992


  • Photovoltaic
  • Solar
  • Solar collectors
  • Spacecraft
  • Mars


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