467866 Development and Thermal Test Results of a 10 Kw Porous Media Solar Reactor
The developed solar reactor was designed for experimentation with different operational conditions at the IER-UNAM Solar Furnace. The design was accomplished based on detailed ray tracing of the furnace, to obtain the concentrated flux distributions at different planes in the focal zone. The design is based on a cavity with a ceramic conical receiver, and allows for temperature measurements by thermocouples and pyrometers at different spots. Thermal simulations were carried out to determine the reactor body specifications and insulation requirements. The device has been built and preliminary tests have been carried out at the solar. These tests are aimed at evaluating the thermal performance of the system in the absence of chemical reaction. Different porous media that could be used in thermochemical processes have been used in these tests.