A MULTIBAR RIM DRIVE FOR HELIOSTAT SOLAR CONCENTRATORS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 6989
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1988
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3862 S Kalamath, Englewood, CO, 80110
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mr Daniel V Sallis
 (303) 789-1026
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Research Institution
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Abstract
STRETCHED MEMBRANE MIRROR STRUCTURES ARE UNDER DEVELOPMENT AS A POTENTIAL SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT FOR SOLAR CONCENTRATOR MIRRORS FOR HELIOSTATS AND DISHES. THE PROPOSED MULTIBAR RIM DRIVE CONCEPT IS A SIMILAR POTENTIAL IMPROVEMENT FOR SUPPORTING AND STEERING THESE MIRROR STRUCTURES. THE DRIVE CONCEPT COULD BE INCORPORATED INTO THE PRESENT GENERATION OF HELIOSTAT DESIGNS; HOWEVER, IT IS EXPECTED THAT IT WOULD BE MORE BENEFICIAL WHEN USED WITH THESTRETCHED MEMBRANE STRUCTURAL CONCEPT. THE PRIMARY IMPROVEMENT IS THAT IT CARRIES THE LOADS DIRECTLY FROM THE RIM TO MULTIPLE POINTS ON THE GROUND, THUS ELIMINATING THE NEED TO CARRY THE LOADS BACK TO A CENTER POST. IN ADDITION THE MULTIBAR CONCEPT ALLOWS THE MIRROR TO BE STOWED IN A FACE-DOWN POSITION, WHICH MAY PROVE MANDATORY TO PROTECT THETHIN MEMBRANE REFLECTIVE SURFACE FROM HAIL.

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