“Ansys AIM helped us to analyze the effects of wind speed on a solar artifact in a very short time, leading our conceptual design to reality in a few months.”
--Dr. R. K. Jain, Principal Scientist and P. Saha
Sr. Technical Officer CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) / Durgapur, India
With India’s large and growing population, the challenge of generating enough power to supply the people’s needs is great. Increasing the number of renewable energy sources can solve this problem. Aesthetically pleasing designs of solar cells (called “solar artifacts”) in the form of umbrellas (Attapatram) or trees (Surya Banaspati) can be placed in commercial or public spaces while maintaining the space underneath for productive or recreational uses.
The solar artifacts developed by researchers at CSIR-CMERI had to fit into the available space and be able to withstand a range of wind speeds depending on the location (beaches, parks, river banks, roadsides, lawns of bungalows, etc.). The researchers needed to ensure that their artifacts would be strong enough to resist damage over a range of wind speeds without sacrificing their aesthetic design.
CSIR-CMERI researchers chose Ansys solutions to run fluid-structure interaction (FSI) simulations to determine the effects of wind gusts on their solar artifacts. They used Ansys SpaceClaim and Ansys AIM for pre-processing, meshing, solving and post-processing in a single-window environment. With these tools, they: