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12 April 1982 Sol-Gel Protective Coatings For Black Chrome Solar Selective Films
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Proceedings Volume 0324, Optical Coatings for Energy Efficiency and Solar Applications; (1982)
Event: 1982 Los Angeles Technical Symposium, 1982, Los Angeles, United States
Electrodeposited black chrome solar selective films degrade rapidly when heated to temperatures above 300°C in air. The application of sol-gel protective coatings to the black chrome films has been investigated as a possible means to improve the oxidation resistance of black chrome at high temperatures. The sol-gel coating process consists of applying an alcoholic solution containing polymeric glass precursors. After the coating is fired for about one-half hour at a moderate temperature (-450°C), a glass layer is obtained. Because of the wide range of sol-gel processing parameters, initial studies have concentrated on determining the effect of the following variables on the thermal stability of sol-gel coated black chrome: (1) sol-gel composition; (2) firing temperature; (3) firing atmosphere; (4) sol-gel coating thickness; (5) pre-aging of the black chrome films. Of the compositions studied, only Si02/B203 and Si02/B203/Al203/Na20/Ba0 resulted in improved thermal stability. Of the other processing parameters, the firing temperature had the most significant effect on the resulting black chrome thermal stability, with 500°C firing being optimum. For the best combination of process variables studied to date, the solar absorptance of a sol-gel coated sample decreased from 0.97 to 0.95 after 100 hrs at 400°C, while, for an uncoated control sample, the solar absorptance decreased to 0.89. For most of the solgel coated films, continued aging at 400°C resulted in continued protection of the black chrome film.*
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R. B. Pettit and C. J. Brinker "Sol-Gel Protective Coatings For Black Chrome Solar Selective Films", Proc. SPIE 0324, Optical Coatings for Energy Efficiency and Solar Applications, (12 April 1982);


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