Solar Panel Structure

Solar Panel Structure

Solar Panel Structure

The solar panel structure is exposed to static, dynamic, and wind loads and varying thermal conditions. The goal was to evaluate the stability of the structure under static, dynamic and thermal loads.

Solar Panel Structure Frame Solar Panel Structure Frame

Solar Panel Structure

Modal Analysis


Recommendations: Structural modifications and damping strategies.

Modal Analysis _Mode 1 Modal Analysis _ Mode 2

First mode shape fr = 2.064 Hz, Second mode shape fr = 2.224 Hz

Modal Analysis _ Mode 3

Third mode shape fr = 20.218 Hz

Static and Dynamic Loading Analysis


Recommendations: Consider reinforcements.

Static Load application Stress distribution _ Solar Panel

Static load application and Stress distributions

Deformation analysis _ Solar Panel

Deformation Analysis

Thermal Loading Analysis


Recommendations: Material selection and insulation to mitigate effects.

Thermal analysis _ Solar Panel

High-temperature load application

Buckling Analysis


Recommendations: Strengthening under extreme loads.


The FEA simulation analyses provided valuable insights into the solar panel structure's performance under various loading conditions. These findings are crucial for optimizing the design and ensuring the structural integrity of the solar panel support system. Key recommendations include:

  1. Material Selection and Thermal Insulation: Careful consideration of materials and insulation to mitigate thermal-induced stresses and deformations.
  2. Vibration Damping: Implementing damping strategies to reduce vibrations in resonance-prone areas identified through modal analysis.
  3. Structural Reinforcement: Strengthening the structure to withstand dynamic loading conditions, especially during severe weather events.
  4. Buckling Prevention: Additional bracing or strengthening to prevent buckling under extreme loads.

These recommendations will not only enhance the structural reliability of the solar panel support system but also extend the lifespan of the solar panel itself. Further refinement and testing are recommended to ensure the safety and longevity of the structure in real-world conditions.

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    • Stress/Strain Analysis
    • Deformation Analysis
    • Fatigue Analysis
    • Modal Analysis
    • Dynamic Analysis
    • Vibration Analysis
    • Thermal Analysis
    • Electromagnetic Simulations
    • Optical Simulations