Application of Water Column Dampers to Control Motions of the Wall Centre, Vancouver

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by Brian Breukelman, P.E.,
Peter Irwin, P.E.,
Mal Sacks, P.E.,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Advanced Technology in Structural Engineering:

Abstract: The Wall Centre, a 450 foot tall high-rise tower currently under construction in downtown Vancouver will be the highest building to be constructed in that city. Wind tunnel testing indicated that the elliptical cross-sectional shape was sensitive to winds approaching the narrow face of the building. Due to the orientation of the building, this aerodynamically sensitive wind direction coincided with the direction for strong winds in Vancouver. The predicted 10 year return period accelerations were significantly higher than those recommended for residential buildings.

Subject Headings: Walls | Motion (dynamics) | Columns | Water management | Damping | Wind direction | Tunnels | High-rise buildings | Construction management | Wind tunnel | Business districts | North America | British Columbia | Vancouver | Canada

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