Towards thermal fatigue modeling of photovoltaic panels under the gulf region harsh atmospheric conditions

Nicolas Barth, Said Ahzi, Zaid S. Al Otaibi

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Abstract

An uncoupled thermal and thermo-mechanical modeling of a solar panel is presented. The thermal modeling itself has been previously developed to assess the nominal performance of photovoltaic panels under various service conditions. Within this computational tool, assessing temperatures makes it also possible to analyze the thermal stresses. To study and predict the long-term reliability of the solar panel materials, the thermal cycling due to varying atmospheric conditions is then of particular interest. We undertake such multi-physics approach by taking into account the thermal cycling at the front side of the photovoltaic device packaging, including the solar cells, their antireflective coating, a glass layer and an eventual encapsulating polymer. Even within a simplified modeled design and an elastic constitutive behavior, we can evaluate the threshold to fatigue for most of these materials.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 17th International Conference on Thermal, Mechanical and Multi-Physics Simulation and Experiments in Microelectronics and Microsystems, EuroSimE 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781509021062
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2016
Event17th International Conference on Thermal, Mechanical and Multi-Physics Simulation and Experiments in Microelectronics and Microsystems, EuroSimE 2016 - Montpellier, France
Duration: 18 Apr 201620 Apr 2016

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Other17th International Conference on Thermal, Mechanical and Multi-Physics Simulation and Experiments in Microelectronics and Microsystems, EuroSimE 2016
CountryFrance
CityMontpellier
Period18/4/1620/4/16

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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Barth, N., Ahzi, S., & Al Otaibi, Z. S. (2016). Towards thermal fatigue modeling of photovoltaic panels under the gulf region harsh atmospheric conditions. In 2016 17th International Conference on Thermal, Mechanical and Multi-Physics Simulation and Experiments in Microelectronics and Microsystems, EuroSimE 2016 [7463375] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/EuroSimE.2016.7463375