Title of Project
Response of solar panel array structural system to wind loading
Name of Advisor/s
College of Science & Engineering
Summary of Project
The Cyclone Testing Station at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia has been carrying out research and testing on wind loading and structural response since 1977. This work has produced data for codes and standards and is used widely by the building and insurance industries worldwide.
Ground mounted solar panel arrays (Solar Farms) are being constructed in large numbers around the world. These panels are mounted on fixed or single axis tracking structural support systems. Design wind loading data for these types of structures is limited. Large scale failures of these systems have been observed during windstorms. These structural systems may be prone to wind induced dynamic excitation resulting from spatially and temporally varying net pressures on the panels. This project will study the wind loading and structural response (including the dynamic effects) from wind tunnel model studies and fundamental structural dynamics analysis. Results will be used to produce design data for inclusion in wind loading codes and standards.
Would suit an applicant who
You will have a relevant BE Honours degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent.