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
Place of PublicationCleveland, Ohio
PublisherNational Aeronautics and Space Administration, Lewis Research Center
Commissioning bodyNASA
Number of pages32
StatePublished - Jul 1992

Publication series

NameNASA Technical Memorandum


  • Photovoltaic
  • Solar
  • Solar collectors
  • Spacecraft
  • Mars
  • Solar radiation


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