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Solar Panel in Periodic Flow

Application ID: 12205

The coupling of fluid flow and structural mechanics is a challenging problem for several reasons. The fluid flow problem usually requires a specific kind of mesh that is not appropriate for structural mechanics. Additionally, one may want to include geometric features in the structural model that are not significant for the fluid flow model.

This model computes the structural stresses and deflections on a solar panel due to a turbulent wind load. Different geometries and meshes are used for the fluid and structural problems. The free stream air flow is 15 m/s, and the solar panel is in a regularly spaced array, implying periodic flow boundary conditions.

This application was built using the following:

CFD Module

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