Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Simulation for Studying the Trajectory of Dust Particle Approaching Solar Photovoltaic Panel

Vandana Barawal, Sudeshna Ghosh, Subhra Das, Jayanta Mondol

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Abstract

This research aims to investigate the impact of wind velocity on dust particle accumulation on solar panels, a significant factor influencing its efficiency and contribute to increased maintenance costs. The study focuses on analysing the motion of dust particles subjected to various forces, including gravitational force, buoyant force, drag force, wind force, and Van der Waals force. The analytical investigation involves studying particle motion under different wind speeds and directions. The Runge-Kutta method of order four is employed to solve the problem. Interestingly, at low wind speeds (1-2.6 m/s) and wind directions (0°-60°), particles tend to fall to the ground just before reaching the solar panel. However, at higher wind speeds (3.7-5.6 m/s) and similar wind directions, particles exhibit a tendency to fall onto the panel surface. This finding underscores the significance of wind conditions in determining the trajectory of dust particles and their potential impact on solar panel efficiency.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationINCOM 2024: Proceedings of 2nd International Conference on Mechanical Engineering
Place of PublicationKolkata
Pages719-722
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 5 Jan 2024
Event2nd International Conference on Mechanical Engineering - Jadavpur University, Kokkata, India
Duration: 5 Jan 20246 Jan 2024

Conference

Conference2nd International Conference on Mechanical Engineering
Abbreviated titleINCOM 2024
Country/TerritoryIndia
CityKokkata
Period5/01/246/01/24

Keywords

  • Dust Simulation
  • Wind Speed
  • Runge-Kutta Method
  • Rupture Distance
  • Renewable Energy

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