This paper evaluates novel particle release patterns for high-temperature falling particle receivers. Spatial release patterns resembling triangular and square waves are investigated and compared to the conventional straight-line particle release. A design of experiments was developed, and a simulation matrix was developed that investigated three two-level factors: amplitude, wavelength, and wave type. Results show that the wave-like patterns increased both the particle temperature rise and thermal efficiency of the receiver relative to the straight-line particle release. Larger amplitudes and smaller wavelengths increased the performance by creating a volumetric heating effect that increased light absorption and reduced heat loss. Experiments are also being designed to investigate the hydraulic and thermal performance of these new particle release configurations.

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