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Author Over, Jonathan David, author.
Title Irradiance modeling for solar powered aircraft / by Jonathan David Over.
Published [Northridge, California] : California State University, Northridge, 2012.
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 Electronic Book  TA153 .Z954 2012 O94eb    ONLINE
  
Description 1 online resource (x, 65 pages) : illustrations, some color.
Content Type text
still image
Format online resource
File Characteristics text file PDF
Thesis M.S. California State University, Northridge 2012.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 45-46).
Summary Starting from the Sun and accounting for every scintilla of irradiance lost on the way to the surface of a solar array, sizing solar arrays for sustained flight is an optimization problem that balances power requirements and mass limitations in aviation. Accounting for each step is arduous but rudiment. The work presented here accomplishes that task and will be used to construct a working aircraft model by the CSUN Engineering Design Team for research purposes as well as for competition use. The methodology incorporated for this work involved extensive use of theoretical and empirical models as well as historical meteorological data. The conglomeration of equations, relations, and tables were uniformly analyzed and optimized using several Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. Conclusive results and graphs confirmed that the irradiance at any given time is the driving parameter in calculating the daily solar energy per square meter and the maximum solar power required. In the case of irradiance calculations, percent differences compared to historical data were less than 2%. The crux of this work is the accurate irradiance predictions, maximizing performance of solar arrays and satisfying power requirements stipulated by any application, particularly in the case for an aircraft.
Note Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed on July 12, 2012).
Subject Spectral irradiance -- Measurement.
Photovoltaic power generation.
Solar airplanes.
Local Subject Dissertations, Academic -- CSUN -- Engineering -- Mechanical.
OCLC number 850505361