Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling for CdTe solar cell manufacturing
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The CdTe solar cell manufacturing process developed at Colorado State University used a vapor source that utilized infrared heating lamps as the heating source. This was used in the initial research system that was used to develop the inline CdTe solar cell manufacturing method used in industry. This system has since been redesigned to improve its ability to function as a more versatile research tool. This thesis focuses on the modeling efforts used in the development and understanding of an embedded NiCr heating unit for the vapor source. The traditional infrared heating lamps, while effective, ...