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Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(8), 1594; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9081594

Wind Loads on a Solar Panel at High Tilt Angles

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Aerospace Science and Technology Research Center, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan City 701, Taiwan
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Department of Hydraulic and Ocean Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan City 701, Taiwan
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Received: 11 March 2019 / Revised: 13 April 2019 / Accepted: 15 April 2019 / Published: 17 April 2019
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Abstract

A solar photovoltaic system consists of tilted panels and is prone to extreme wind loads during hurricanes or typhoons. To ensure the proper functioning of the system, it is important to determine its aerodynamic characteristics. Offshore photovoltaic (PV) systems have been developed in recent years. Wind loads are associated with wind, wave climates, and tidal regimes. In this study, the orientation of a single panel is adjusted to different angles of tilt (10°–80°) and angles of incidence for wind (0°–180°) that are pertinent to offshore PV panels. The critical wind loads on a tilted panel are observed at lower angles of incidence for the wind, when the angle of tilt for the panel is greater than 30°. View Full-Text
Keywords: offshore PV; tilt angle; wind incidence angle; wind load offshore PV; tilt angle; wind incidence angle; wind load
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Chou, C.-C.; Chung, P.-H.; Yang, R.-Y. Wind Loads on a Solar Panel at High Tilt Angles. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 1594.

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