Nonbuilding and Special Structures
Full Session without Abstracts
The proposed panel session is organized by the Structural Wind Engineering Committee of ASCE, which has formed a subcommittee on wind loads on solar panels with the main objective to produce a state-of-the-art report on this topic. The report should be near completion at the time of the 2019 Congress, so panelists will be presenting part of their work in this session, which will consist of material of extreme interest to designers, practitioners and researchers in the area of wind effects on buildings. Indeed, wind loading of solar panels placed on roofs is an item of keen interest for structural engineers. ASCE 7-16 included (for the first time) provisions for the design of solar arrays of specific configurations. There is plenty of other arrangements that they will be addressed and discussed in the session including the most recent experimental and computational studies on solar panels. The session will build on and continue the successful more traditional sessions previously organized by the Structural Wind Engineering Committee of ASCE and will generate additional debate on a controversial (at the moment) topic.
The selected panelists are international experts who have carried out significant work in this area. The moderator, Professor Ted Stathopoulos* (email@example.com), has ensured the participation of experts from the academic and the industrial front to bring a flavour of engineering scrutiny along with the reality of engineering practice. Wind code and standard provisions will be a focal point for the discussion. All presenters have already confirmed their participation to the session.
Session Impact and Contribution to the Improvement of the Structural Engineering profession
Participants will learn the state-of-the-art on design wind loads on solar panels not only in North America but in other countries as well. Design standard and codes of practice provisions for the wind design of solar panels will be addressed and compared. This is an area of very high interest considering our impressive global attitude towards renewable energy sources and sustainability.