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Object Types

 

This short list of Object Types shows only the Type-Name and Type-Description of each object type. Use links of the short list to jump to the corresponding item of the long list that shows also names and descriptions of all object parameters.

 

Be aware and check before you buy a product:

1) 2D Primitives, 3D Primitives, Decoration, and Simple Buildings are available in all products of the Shadow Analyzer Collection.

2) Specific "solar" array-objects Static PV-Modules are available in Shadow Calculator and Shadow Analyzer.

3) Specific "solar" array-objects Trackers (with or without PVM) are available in Shadow Analyzer only!

Note: All "solar" array-objects are available in Shadow Visualizer, but for the visualization and project presentation only, without the shadow and power calculations!

 

2D Primitives (available in all products)

 

2D_3 -- Triangle on XY-plane of its own CS: base-side '0-1' lays on X-axis if ORG = 0

 

2D_4 -- Quad (convex) on XY-plane of its own CS: base-side '0-1' lays on X-axis if ORG = 0

 

2D_5 -- Polygon (convex) on XY-plane of its own CS: base-side '0-1' lays on X-axis if ORG = 0

 

2D_Circ -- Circular polygon on the XY-plane of its own CS

 

2D_Ell -- Elliptical polygon on the XY-plane of its own CS

 

2D_Grid -- Rectangular centered Grid above the XY-plane of its own CS

 

2D_Rect -- Rectangle (centered) with 4 'counterclockwise' vertices '0', '1', '2', '3' on XY-plane of its own CS

 

2D_Sec -- Circular sector on the XY-plane of its own CS (CCW from X-axis)

 

2D_Seg -- Circular segment on the XY-plane of its own CS

 

3D Primitives (available in all products)

 

3D_Box -- the Box is centered on the XY-plane of its own CS

 

3D_Cone -- the Cone is built on a circular polygon that is centered on the XY-plane of its own CS

 

3D_Cyl -- Cylinder is built on a circular polygon that is centered on the XY-plane of its own CS

 

3D_Cyl_nH -- Cylinder is built on a circular polygon that is centered on the XY-plane of its own CS. Refined reflection appearance.

 

3D_CylE -- Cylinder is built on an elliptical polygon that is centered on the XY-plane of its own CS

 

3D_CylSg -- Cylindrical segment is built on a circular segment that is centered on the XY-plane of its own CS

 

3D_Ell -- Ellipsoid is centered in its own CS. The surface has 6 color zones along meridians.

 

3D_EllSg -- Ellipsoidal segment is centered on the XY-plane of its own CS. The surface has 6 color zones along meridians.

 

3D_Sph -- Sphere is centered in its own CS. The surface has 6 color zones along meridians

 

3D_SphSg -- Spherical segment that is centered on the XY-plane of its own CS. The surface has 6 color zones along meridians.

 

Arrays

 

An array-object is a rectangular 2D matrix of its elements. The type of elements is predefined by the array-object type.

 

With the combo box "PAR", you can select (and then edit) the array size (number of elements in the matrix) as well as the shape parameters of its elements.

 

With the "ATT" button, you can open a specific local menu to edit more complex array attributes that cannot be expressed by simple integer or real parameters. For example, you can exclude some elements of the matrix to cover a not-rectangular area by a single array-object, instead to fill the area by a few similar array objects.

 

For "solar" array-objects with PV-modules, you can use ATT-options to manage the configuration of PV-strings.

 

Decoration (for example, windows on walls of buildings, available in all products)

 

A: D-Rects -- Array (a rectangular matrix) of one-side decorative rectangles above the XY-plane of its own CS (initially not a shadower)

 

Static PV-Modules (plane panel of PVM or a set of rows of inclined PVM, available in Shadow Calculator and Shadow Analyzer)

 

The "solar" windows of Shadow Calculator and Shadow Analyzer interpret objects of this type as solar collectors, and include them in the shadow and power calculations.

 

A: PVM -- Array (a rectangular matrix) of PV-Modules. The parameter iA is the inclination angle of modules in respect to the XY-plane of own CS. The array with iA = 0 is a plane panel of PVM. Increasing parameters iA and gY, you transform the initially plane array into a set of rows of inclined PVM.

 

PV-Modules on Trackers (available in Shadow Analyzer only !)

 

The "solar" windows of Shadow Analyzer interpret objects of these types as solar collectors, and include them in the shadow and power calculations.

 

Actually, an object of this type is a 4D (or 2D x 2D) structure that consists of a 2D array of Trackers, where each Tracker supports a 2D array (a plane rectangular panel) of PV-Modules. So the ATT management of such an object has three exclude-options: 1) you can exclude an entire tracker together with all its PV-modules; 2) you can set a common pattern for the panel of PV-modules (with the same configuration of excluded modules in all panels); 3) you can exclude individual modules from the entire 4D structure of PV-modules.   

  

A: PVM-T1 -- Array (a rectangular matrix) of 1-axis-trackers, each of which supports a rectangular matrix (a plane panel) of PV-modules

 

A: PVM-T2 -- Array (a rectangular matrix) of 2-axes-trackers, each of which supports a rectangular matrix (a plane panel) of PV-modules

 

Trackers without PVM (implemented as wire-frame models, available in Shadow Analyzer only !)

 

An object of this type by itself is not a solar collector. However, if you attach a set of PV-modules to each tracker, then Shadow Analyzer will interpret such a compound object as a solar collector of your specific design, and will include it in the shadow and power calculations.

 

To manage PV-strings of such a compound object, you need to apply the ATT-editing individually to each set of PV-modules. To unite a few sets of PV-modules (perhaps situated on different trackers) into one PV-string, you can use the parameter Ext-ID.  

 

A: T1-Frame -- Array (a rectangular matrix) of 1-axis-trackers without PV-modules

 

A: T2-Frame -- Array (a rectangular matrix) of 2-axes-trackers without PV-modules

 

Note: All "solar" array-objects are available in Shadow Visualizer, but for the visualization and project presentation only, without the shadow and power calculations!

 

Simple Buildings (available in all products)

 

Bld_41 -- Building (4 walls, 1 roof plane) is centered on the XY-plane of its own CS

 

Bld_42 -- Building (4 walls, 2 roof planes) is centered on the XY-plane of its own CS

 

Bld_43 -- Building (4 walls, 3 roof planes) is centered on the XY-plane of its own CS

 

Bld_44 -- Building (4 walls, 4 roof planes) is centered on the XY-plane of its own CS

 

BlF_Orl -- Building fragment: Oriel (2 roof planes) is built on a polygon on the XY-plane of its own CS