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RE: Wind Loads on Roof Mounted Solar Panels

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The attached link is for a computer program that develops wind loads on solar panels.  That is about all that I know about it. 
http://www.windloadcalc.com/product_sub.php?id=377
I just found this on the internet.  I would not feel comfortable using the above program without a comprehensive validation, but that is just me. 
 
There are computational fluid dynamics programs that can develop the loads, but they need to be validated relative to real wind tunnel testing.   (It is a lot like FEA.)  CPP in Ft. Collins, CO can develop these loads.  They know CFD and they have wind tunnels.  This is something the manufacturers should develop.  This is fairly routine in the microwave antenna and tower community. 

Regards, Harold Sprague


 

From: sch.tectonic(--nospam--at)bigpond.com
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: RE: Wind Loads on Roof Mounted Solar Panels
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2010 09:05:53 +0930

Joseph,

 

The book wind loading of structures by John Holmes has some brief commentary on roof mounted solar panels, hot water systems.

I will forward a scanned copy of relevant pages.

 

 

 

Regards

 

Conrad Harrison

B.Tech (mfg & mech), MIIE, gradTIEAust

mailto:sch.tectonic(--nospam--at)bigpond.com

Adelaide

South Australia

 

 



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