Aerodynamic Loads on Solar Panels

Aly Mousaad Aly, Girma Bitsuamlak
2013 Structures Congress 2013   unpublished
The existing literature has limited aerodynamic data for the evaluation of design wind loads for solar panels. Furthermore, there are no provisions in building codes and standards to guide the design of these types of structures for wind. This paper presents a systematic wind tunnel study to evaluate wind loads on solar panels mounted on low-rise gable buildings. A preliminary geometric scale effect study using a simple isolated solar panel was carried out to permit design appropriate wind
more » ... propriate wind tunnel experiments. Following the scale effect study, wind loads on solar panels mounted on different critical zones of low-rise residential roof are systematically investigated. The results of the current paper provide useful information for the design of the solar panels.
doi:10.1061/9780784412848.137 fatcat:swdkp3agfvevphqo4meh5v5qcm