Wind on Rooftop Structures and Equipment

Wind on Rooftop Structures and Equipment

Wind on Rooftop Structures and Equipment ASCE 7 has a method for calculating wind loads on rooftop Structures and equipment for buildings, and this article will describe that method.  Fortunately, the method is relatively straight forward, not too complicated, and is...
Components and Cladding Example

Components and Cladding Example

Components and Cladding Example This article provides a Components and Cladding (C&C) example calculation for a typical building structure.  We will first perform the calculations manually, and then show how the same calculations can be performed much easier using...
Fastest-Mile Wind Speed

Fastest-Mile Wind Speed

Fastest-Mile Wind Speed Many times we have the difficult task of analyzing a structure that was designed long ago.  In such cases, you may find that the wind speed  used may appear significantly lower than the wind speed you would expect for that location using...
Wind Wizard

Wind Wizard

Wind Wizard MecaWind has many features and options within the software, which can be both a blessing and a curse.  It gives the user greater control over the results they obtain, but for the novice user it can be overwhelming to understand what is being requested with...
How to Find Wind Pressure on Solar Panels

How to Find Wind Pressure on Solar Panels

How to Find Wind Pressure on Solar Panels In this article we will investigate the procedure for calculating the design wind pressure on rooftop solar panels per ASCE 7-16 design code. I feel like the best way to describe this procedure is by working through an...
Base Reactions in MecaWind

Base Reactions in MecaWind

Base Reactions in MecaWind There can be confusion from users on how to read and interpret the MecaWind Base Reactions that are provided by the MecaWind software program.   There is a lot of data presented, and it can become overwhelming.  This article is intended to...