Faculty Advisor

Emanuel, Alexander E.

Faculty Advisor

Nestinger, Stephen

Abstract

A Dual-Axis Solar Tracker was analyzed under critical weather conditions. Analytical and simulated force and stress analyses were conducted for maximum wind and snow loads which were verified by wind tunnel experiments using a reduced scale prototype. For demonstration purposes, a small-scale functional model was designed with a maximum polar and azimuth angles of 800 and 3600. Light, load and wind sensors were integrated to detect simulated weather conditions. Mathematical models were developed for tracking motion control and component selection.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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