The construction of solar thermal power plants with several thousand of collector area requires quality control measures for components, subsystems, and the entire collector rows. While quality control has a significant potential to increase the solar field efficiency, the main objective is to assure high-quality standards for the whole solar field. Quality control, assembly documentation, and performance measurements are required by the investors. Based on previous R&D work in collector development and prototype qualification, measurement systems have been developed for use in solar field construction and operation supervision. In particular, close-range photogrammetry can be used to measure the geometry of collector steel structures. The measurement system consists of a digital camera, which moves around the structure automatically while shooting photos of the concentrator structure from various positions. The photos are evaluated with photogrammetry software to check the assembly quality. The whole measurement and evaluation procedure is computer controlled and is fast enough to be integrated in a solar collector production line. This paper deals with the required measurement accuracy and shows ways to reach, maintain, and control this accuracy in the rough environment of an on-site production line.
Automatic Noncontact Quality Inspection System for Industrial Parabolic Trough Assembly
Pottler, K., Röger, M., Lüpfert, E., and Schiel, W. (December 28, 2007). "Automatic Noncontact Quality Inspection System for Industrial Parabolic Trough Assembly." ASME. J. Sol. Energy Eng. February 2008; 130(1): 011008. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.2804628
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