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Comparisons of design wind pressures on roof-mounted solar arrays between wind tunnel tests and codes and standards

Comparisons of design wind pressures on roof-mounted solar arrays between wind tunnel tests and... The current codes and standards concerning wind loads on roof-mounted solar panels are discussed and summarized. Wind pressures on flat- and slope-roof-mounted solar arrays obtained from wind tunnel tests are compared with the recommended design values in ASCE 7-16 and JIS C 8955: 2017. Different parameters, including building side ratio, aspect ratio and parapet height, are examined. Results show that the largest wind pressures on flat-roof-mounted solar panels of all zones in ASCE 7-16 tend to be 10% to 26% smaller than the experimental results when normalized tributary area An is larger than 103. Uplift wind forces on flat-roof-mounted solar panels in downstream regions obtained from experiments can be larger than the recommended values in JIS C 8955: 2017 for adverse wind, but downward force coefficients are basically smaller than those in JIS C 8955: 2017 for fair wind. 40% to 60% increase on the pressure equalization factor for slope-roof-mounted solar panels is suggested for the potential refinement of ASCE 7-16 based on this study. Meanwhile, proposed pressures of slope-roof-mounted solar panels in JIS C 8955: 2017 might be too conservative according of experimental results. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advances in Structural Engineering SAGE

Comparisons of design wind pressures on roof-mounted solar arrays between wind tunnel tests and codes and standards

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SAGE
Copyright
© The Author(s) 2020
ISSN
1369-4332
eISSN
2048-4011
DOI
10.1177/1369433220965274
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Abstract

The current codes and standards concerning wind loads on roof-mounted solar panels are discussed and summarized. Wind pressures on flat- and slope-roof-mounted solar arrays obtained from wind tunnel tests are compared with the recommended design values in ASCE 7-16 and JIS C 8955: 2017. Different parameters, including building side ratio, aspect ratio and parapet height, are examined. Results show that the largest wind pressures on flat-roof-mounted solar panels of all zones in ASCE 7-16 tend to be 10% to 26% smaller than the experimental results when normalized tributary area An is larger than 103. Uplift wind forces on flat-roof-mounted solar panels in downstream regions obtained from experiments can be larger than the recommended values in JIS C 8955: 2017 for adverse wind, but downward force coefficients are basically smaller than those in JIS C 8955: 2017 for fair wind. 40% to 60% increase on the pressure equalization factor for slope-roof-mounted solar panels is suggested for the potential refinement of ASCE 7-16 based on this study. Meanwhile, proposed pressures of slope-roof-mounted solar panels in JIS C 8955: 2017 might be too conservative according of experimental results.

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Advances in Structural EngineeringSAGE

Published: Mar 1, 2021

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