Dr José Zapata

Postdoctoral Fellow
Research Area:
BEng (Hons), PhD
+61 2 6125 8838
  • BEng. Electrical Engineering (Hons) from Universidad de Concepcion, Chile 2004.
  • Industrial experience in Control engineering 2004-2009.
  • PhD in Engineering at the Australian National University 2014.
  • Mathematical modelling of solar thermal processes.
    • Numerical simulation of heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermochemical phenomena
    • Ray tracing and optical flux mapping of solar radiation
    • Dynamic, control oriented models for solar thermal processes
  • Control of solar thermal processes
    • Linear and non-linear control of thermal processes subject to solar radiation
    • State estimation
    • Parameter identification
  • Other
    • Image processing
    • Optimisation

Articles in refereed journals

  1. C.-A. Asselineau, J. Zapata, and J. Pye. Integration of Monte-Carlo ray tracing with a stochastic optimisation method: application to the design of solar receiver geometry. Optics Express, 23:A437–A443, 2015.

    DOI: 10.1364/OE.23.00A437

  2. J.I. Zapata. State estimation of a solar direct steam generation mono-tube cavity receiver using a modified Extended Kalman Filtering scheme. Solar Energy, 114:152–166, 2015.

    DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2015.01.027

  3. J.I. Zapata. Full state feedback control of steam temperature in a once-thorough direct steam generation receiver powered by a paraboloidal dish. Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, 137:021017, 2015.

    DOI: 10.1115/1.4028919

  4. J. Zapata, J. Pye, and K. Lovegrove. A transient model for the heat exchange in a solar thermal once through cavity receiver. Solar Energy, 93:280–293, 2013.

    DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2013.04.005

  5. J. Pye, K. Lovergove, G. Burgess, R. Dunn, M. Kingsland, P. Scott, and J. Zapata. Research on concentrating solar thermal systems at ANU. Journal of the Japan Institute of Energy, 89:337–343, 2010.

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Articles in conference proceedings

  1. O. Garbrecht, J.I. Zapata, and R. Kneer. Solar concentrator shape characterisatio using composite light-field imaging. In Proceedings of the ASME 2015 9th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, San Diego, USA, 29 June–2 July, 2015.

    DOI: 10.1115/ES2014-49649

  2. J. Zapata, C.A. Asselineau, M. Kaufer, J. Pye, and G. Hughes. An integrated optical and thermal model of cavity receivers for paraboloidal dish concentrators. In Proceedings of the 1st Asia–Pacific Solar Research Conference, Sydney, Australia, 8–10 December, 2014.

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  3. C.-A. Asselineau, J. Zapata, and J. Pye. Geometrical shape optimization of a cavity receiver using coupled radiative and hydrodynamic modeling. In Proceedings of the SolarPACES 2014 Conference, Beijing, China, 16–19 September, 2014.

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  4. J.I. Zapata. Full state feedback control of steam temperature in a once-through direct steam generation receiver powered by a paraboloidal dish. In Proceedings of the ASME 2014 8th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, Boston, USA, 30 June–2 July, 2014.

    DOI: 10.1115/ES2014-6592

  5. J. Zapata. A Modified Extended Kalman Filter to estimate the state of the SG4 Receiver at the Australian National University. In Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Conference of the Australian Solar Council, Melbourne, Australia, 8–9 May, 2014.

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  6. P. Wood-Bradley, J. Zapata, and J. Pye. Cloud tracking with optical flow for short-tem solar forecasting. In Proceedings of the 50th Annual Conference of the Australian Solar Energy Society, Melbourne, 6–7 December, 2012.

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  7. J. Zapata, G. Burgess, and J. Pye. Experimental validation of a dynamic model for a mono-tube cavity receiver. In Proceedings of the 50th Annual Conference of the Australian Solar Energy Society, Melbourne, 6–7 December, 2012.

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  8. G. Burgess, J. Zapata, R. Chauvin, M. Shortis, J. Pye, and J. Preston. Three-dimensional flux prediction for a dish concentrator cavity receiver. In Proceedings of the 18th SolarPACES Conference, Marrakech, Morocco, 11–14 September, 2012.

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  9. J. Cumpston, K. Lovegrove, J. Zapata, and J. Pye. Paraboloidal dish arrays with steam energy transport network. In Proceedings of the 18th SolarPACES Conference, Marrakech, Morocco, 11–14 September, 2012.

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  10. J. Zapata, J. Pye, and G. Burgess. Estimation of outlet mass flow for a mono-tube cavity receiver for direct steam generation. In Proceedings of the 18th SolarPACES Conference, Marrakech, Morocco, 11–14 September, 2012.

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  11. G. Burgess, K. Lovegrove, S. Mackie, J. Zapata, and J. Pye. Direct steam generation using the SG4 500 m2 paraboloidal dish concentrator. In Proceedings of the 17th SolarPACES Conference, Granada, Spain, 11–15 September, 2011.

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  12. J. Zapata, J. Pye, and K. Lovegrove. Dynamic simulation of mono-tube cavity receivers for direct steam generation. In Proceedings of the 17th SolarPACES Conference, Granada, Spain, 11–15 September, 2011.

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  13. J. Zapata, K. Lovegrove, and J. Pye. Steam Receiver Models for Solar Dish Concentrators: Two Models Compared. In Proceedings of the 16th SolarPACES Conference, Perpignan, France, 21–24 September, 2010.

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  14. J. Zapata, K. Lovegrove, J. Pye, and G. Burgess. Direct Steam Generation with Dish Concentrators. In Proceedings of the 48th Annual Conference of the Australian Solar Energy Society, Canberra, Australia, 1–3 December, 2010.

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PhD thesis

  1. J. Zapata. Modelling and control of direct steam generation in solar cavity receivers powered by paraboloidal dish concentrators. 2014.

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Casual/Guest lecturer

  • ENGN 2222 Engineering Thermodynamics
  • ENGN 4525 Solar Thermal Thechnologies

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