Buckling Analysis of Solar Panel Supporting Structures

International Journal of Civil Engineering
© 2016 by SSRG - IJCE Journal
Volume 3 Issue 8
Year of Publication : 2016
Authors : Sayana M, Megha Vijayan
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Sayana M, Megha Vijayan, "Buckling Analysis of Solar Panel Supporting Structures," SSRG International Journal of Civil Engineering, vol. 3,  no. 8, pp. 31-39, 2016. Crossref, https://doi.org/10.14445/23488352/IJCE-V3I8P109



Cell phones become an essential part of our day to day life. The working of mobile phones requires cell phone towers for transmitting and receiving signals from mobile phones. These tower system consume about 2 billion litres of diesel every year for operating the generators. Which will affects economy and also the environmental problems. Thus any change in the power generation method of cell phone tower would make tremendous impact in terms of resource saving and reduction in carbon emissions. Now diesel generators in India are being challenged by clean , renewable energy source such as sun. So solar powered cell phone towers arises. To collect the solar energy effectively from sun there is a necessity of proper alignment of solar panels. This study investigated the stability analysis of solar panel supporting structure and also the factors which affects the strength and stability in economic manner. Mainly buckling analysis can be performed in two methods such as, Eigen value buckling analysis and Non linear buckling analysis . Eigen value buckling analysis predicts the theoretical buckling strength of a structure. Non linear buckling analysis is more accurate than Eigen value analysis. Because it employs non linear, large deflection, static analysis to predict buckling load. In this work, CATIA which is a drawing software used for the modelling, and ANSYS software which is a finite element software used for the analysis of solar panel supporting structure. From this thesis work it is concluded that the stability of a structure depends on several factors such as sectional properties , sectional arrangements , modelling of the structure etc., and also find that the non linear buckling stress is less than that of the linear buckling stress.


 buckling, Eigen value buckling analysis, Non linear buckling analysis, solar panel.


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