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Structural Analysis of Ground Mounted Solar Panel Array

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Md Ashhar Tufail, Barun Pratiher

Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur, Karwar, India

Paper No. IMECE2018-88526, pp. V06AT08A038; 9 pages
  • ASME 2018 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 6A: Energy
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, November 9–15, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5207-1
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


In the current study, CFD simulations and static structural analysis were carried out to estimate the wind loads for up and downstream wind directions on ground mounted arrayed solar panels. The goal of simulations is to estimate the loads (i.e. drag and lift forces and also moment coefficients) and wind pressure that act upon their surface. Static structural analysis coupled with CFD simulation is done to determine the total deformation due to wind loads on each panel. The motive of the study is to protect the integrity of the solar panels in a situation like cyclone and typhoon so that energy production is not hindered throughout their service life. Simulations were carried out on arrayed nine panels with changing various parameters (i.e. clearance height, inter row spacing between panels and panel inclination) that effect wind loading on the panels.

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