This paper describes the development of a computer model to predict the performance of a discrete layer wire mesh solar volumetric air receiver. The model accounts for all important energy transfer processes within the absorber and allows for the use of two different types of wire mesh screens. Model predictions are compared to experimental results for validation purposes. An optimum design analysis is performed to determine optimum receiver characteristics and performance. Results show a predicted efficiency in the range of 89 percent to 87 percent when the outlet air temperature is between 700°C and 820°C, respectively.

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