DISC Model

This routine implements the DISC correlation function, which is not included by itself as an option in PlantPredict; however, it is used by both the DIRINT decomposition and Hay transposition models.

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Algorithm

1.) Compute the clear-sky normal transmittance for all solar zenith angles.

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2.) Compute coefficients a, b and c for the beam transmittance equation.

    1. If Kt ≤ 0.60

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    1. If Kt > 0.60

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3.) Compute the direct normal transmittance.

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4.) Compute the DIRINT direct normal irradiance.

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5.) Set Gb,n,DISC to 0 if θZ > 87°, GT < 1, or Gb,n,DISC < 0

 

Reference

Maxwell, E. L., A Quasi-Physical Model for Converting Hourly Global Horizontal to Direct Normal Insolation.

Technical Report No. SERI/TR-215-3087, Golden, CO: Solar Energy Research Institute, 1987.