Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mechanical Engineering

First Committee Member

Robert F. Boehm

Number of Pages



Two new component types were developed for the transient simulation program TRNSYS with IISiBat that models three different types of sensible thermal storages for analysis with use in a solar electric generating system (SEGS) simulation. One component containing a fully mixed, stratified and a plug flow tank model has been developed such that the inputs and parameter specifications are similar so that all three models could be easily placed into one component type. A single, cylindrical direct storage tank with one inlet and one outlet that evaluates fluid properties as a function of temperature is representative for all three models. The second component is a storage controller that passes along pertinent charging, dwell or discharging information to the storage and integrates the storage into a given SEGS model; Results are provided for each storage tank integrated in a SEGS VI simulation model for temperature distribution and power generation.


Comparison; Electric; Generation; Models; Solar; Storage; Systems; Thermal

Controlled Subject

Mechanical engineering; Electrical engineering; Force and energy

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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