Two wind-tunnel tests were conducted to investigate specifically the pitching moment characteristics of parabolic-trough solar-collector modules deployed within a collector array. The collector modules were located within various rows of a simulated array configuration to investigate shielding effects from upstream collector rows and/or windscreen fences. Selected fence configurations and fence spacing upstream from the initial array row were studied. The test results demonstrate that pitching moment is significantly reduced by shielding provided by upstream fencing or collector rows.

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