Q: What is wind load and why is it important?
Wind load is the force, pressure, or impact that the wind exerts when blowing against a structure. Higher wind impact on a structure = higher wind load.
Wind speed is used to determine the actual loading upon glazing panels. In mathematical terms, the pressure loading is calculated by multiplying the square of the design wind speed by 0.613 (q = KV2)
Understanding and calculating wind load is important to ensure the glazing elements of a structure will withstand high winds.
For more information on wind loading: LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ Multiwall Polycarbonate Sheet Technical Manual.
Nature is a powerful force. It is important to use glazing materials that will withstand the environmental conditions they are in.