Standard Withdrawn, Replaced Replaced By: G173    Last Updated: Aug 17, 2017
ASTM G159-98

Standard Tables for References Solar Spectral Irradiance at Air Mass 1.5: Direct Normal and Hemispherical for a 37&#176 Tilted Surface (Withdrawn 2005)


1.1 These tables cover an air mass 1.5 solar spectral irradiance distribution for use in all terrestrial applications in which a standard reference spectral irradiance is required for the direct component of solar irradiance and hemispherical solar irradiance, consisting of both the diffuse and direct components, that is incident on a sun-facing, 37° tilted surface.

An air mass of 1.5, a turbidity of 0.27, and a tilt of 37° (for the hemispherical spectral irradiance tables) were chosen for this standard because they are representative of average conditions in the 48 contiguous states of the United States. In real life, a large range of atmospheric conditions can be encountered, resulting in more or less important variations in atmospheric extinction. Thus, considerable departure from the present reference spectra might be observed depending on time of the day, geographical location, and other fluctuating conditions in the atmosphere.

1.3 These tables are an editorial revision of Tables E891 and Tables E892, that have been combined. This action has been taken to make the reference solar spectral energy standards harmonious with ISO 9845-1:1992, that was itself based wholly on Tables E891 and Tables E892 with respect to the tables of spectral irradiance values. The tables contained here are identical to those contained in Tables E891 and E892.

1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

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