Lindapter Girder Clamps provided a solution for connecting roof supports to the carport steel columns.
Location: Biddinghuizen, Netherlands
Market: Solar Panels
Product: Type AF Girder Clamp
MOJO has been the largest concert promoter in the Netherlands for over 50 years and is committed to creating sustainable events. Three years ago, MOJO began investigating the possibility of creating the world’s largest solar carport on the Lowlands Festival 35 hectare car park site. MOJO partnered with Solarfields NL and in November 2020 construction of the 90,000 solar panel carport began.
The carport structure was designed using IPE200 and IPE220 steel columns, pre-drilled offsite and given a hot dip galvanized (HDG) coating for corrosion protection. Steel roof struts were designed to bolt to the main columns to provide the required support for the roof structure and solar panels. However, during construction there was a problem with the groundwork being slightly lower than planned. If the steel roof struts had been installed in the pre-drilled holes of the main columns, then the whole roof would have been 200mm lower than required. Drilling new holes in the columns was not allowed as this would damage the integrity of the corrosion protection.
Lindapter’s technical support team worked with the client’s structural engineer in order to design a suitable girder clamp connection. The design incorporated a custom steel end plate for the struts which was adapted at the top to allow Lindapter Type AF high slip resistance girder clamps to connect the struts to the main columns at the correct height without damaging the corrosion protection.
The contractor used 2,500 Type AF Girder Clamps with size 1/2" grade A325 bolts in a 2-bolt configuration installed through the upper holes in the end plate. The clamps were quick and easy to install using a calibrated torque wrench. Standard bolts were then used to connect through the two lower holes in the end plate and through the existing two upper holes in the main columns.
The custom end plate and Type AF Girder Clamps provided a solution for positioning the struts at the correct height without the need for drilling in the field and without damaging the corrosion protection of the main columns. The high slip resistant clamps were also able to meet the load capacities imposed by the roof structure and had a HDG finish for a high degree of corrosion protection. The carport opened in August 2021 and produces around 35,000,000 kWh of electricity annually, enough to power around 10,000 households.
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Save time and money
Clamping two steel sections together avoids time-consuming welding or conventional drilling and bolting.
Drilling and welding in the field is avoided, removing the need for hot work permits and encouraging safer site conditions.
Lindapter clamps are manufactured from high strength materials to resist high load requirements and harsh environments.
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Quickly align steel sections by sliding the section into the correct position before tightening the Girder Clamp to complete the installation.
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