Heat transfer experiments with a central receiver tube subjected to unsteady and non-uniform heat flux Articles uri icon

publication date

  • July 2017

start page

  • 150002-1

end page

  • 150002-6


  • 1850

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0094-243X

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1551-7616


  • In this work, a molten salt test loop to study the heat transfer process in external molten salt receivers is described. The experimental installation is formed by a cylindrical molten salt tank, a pump, a flow meter, and an induction heater to generate the heat flux, which is applied in a small rectangular region of the tube surface. In central tower plants, the external receiver pipe is considered to be under unilateral concentrated solar radiation, because only one side of the pipe receives high heat flux. The main advantage of using an induction heater is the control of heating in different areas of the tube. In order to measure the effects of a non-homogenous and unsteady heat flux on the wall temperature distribution a series of experiments have been carried out. 4 K-type thermocouples have been welded at different axial and azimuthal positions of the pipe to obtain the wall temperature distribution. Different temperature measurements have been made varying the heat flux and water velocity to study their effects on the heat transfer process.