As part of MEL Consultants’ constant goal of providing the most detailed and relevant information to clients for all its service streams, MEL Consultants periodically host information nights for medium to large groups of people with various stakeholdings within projects. The groups can vary from government departments (e.g. DELWP, VicUrban), to architecture firms, to engineering firms (e.g. Robert Bird Group, WSP), or a combination of all.
The information sessions are tailored to the group attending but generally include a short presentation with QA throughout, followed by a guided tour of the wind tunnel facilities with demonstrations of MEL Consultants key service streams by MEL Consultants staff. The information sessions conclude with general discussion between the attending group and MEL Consultants’ staff members over light refreshments.
A paper presented at the SENG 2015 conference in Adelaide has been added to the blog database of a leading Australian solar company, Solar Choice Pty Ltd. The goal of this short discussion is to provide some historical guidance to the considerable research that has been done in numerous boundary-layer wind tunnels in Australia, North America and Europe over the last forty years to better understand the wind loads on various solar-energy collection devices on buildings and in the open field. The large number of geometric parameters (shape, stationary tilt angle, one axis tracking, two axis tracking, row spacing, porous perimeter fences, porous internal fences, approach roughness, parapets, roof appurtenances, roof edge distance, aerodynamic devices, etc.) means that many permutations are incomplete. However, some understanding of what has happened to date may avoid some duplicated effort. Follow the link to read in full.