MECHANICAL & ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS
Structural integrity of our radomes is never compromised. We perform analysis using recognized engineering standards for buildings and other structures. All material properties are empirically generated from test coupons manufactured with the same materials and processes used in the production environment. Mountainous terrain, gorges, ocean promontories, and special wind regions are examined for unusual wind conditions when necessary.
Standard Configuration for All ITI Radomes
- Wind speed of 155mph [250km/hr]
- Snow or ice load of 50lb/sqft [235-kg/m2]
- Factor of safety rating of 2.0 for radomes 22ft [6,7m] and larger, and 3.0 for smaller units
We evaluate each radome to ensure the customer’s specific requirements are met or exceeded. Because of this, we have a wide range of radome models available with higher wind speed ratings, greater snow and ice loads or other atypical environmental conditions. All configurations remain compliant with our self-imposed structural safety factors.
Basic wind speed is only one facet of a structurally viable design. Other environmental factors can have a major impact on structural requirements. Therefore, all new radome configurations undergo FE analysis to determine structural loads consistent with the environment the radome will operate.
- Mounting configuration - ground or elevated (tower, building, etc)
- Basic wind speed and directionality
- Gust effect factors
- Importance factor - hurricane and non-hurricane locations
- Terrain exposure - vegetation
- Topographic factors - mountains, gorges
Snow and Ice Loading
- Balanced loading
- Unbalanced loading
- Exposure factor
- Thermal factor
- Importance factor