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Title:
 
First Mechanical Study on Lightweight Microconcentrators Systems for Space Applications
 
Author(s):
 
V. Vareilles, A. Bermudez-Garcia, J. Francois, Y. Veschetti, M. Amara, P. Voarino, F. Chabuel
 
Keywords:
 
Optics, Concentrators, Micro-Concentration, Mechanical Structures
 
Topic:
 
PV Systems – Modelling, Design, Operation and Performance
Subtopic: Concentrators, PV for Space Applications, and TPV
Event: 38th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 5EO.2.5
 
Pages:
 
1101 - 1105
ISBN: 3-936338-78-7
Paper DOI: 10.4229/EUPVSEC20212021-5EO.2.5
 
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Document(s): paper
 

Abstract/Summary:


The French Commission for Atomic and Alternative Energies (CEA) has been investigating a lightweight honeycomb core composite structure for micro-concentrators for space applications. This new design requires a double stage honeycomb sandwich, a front layer to support the optical system with a glass front sheet and a second honeycomb to provide stiffness and mechanical strength to the module. Mechanical studies were conducted to design a lightweight structure suitable for the space environment, meeting the requirements for stiffness, adhesion between the components and mechanical strength.