American Society of Civil Engineers


Full-Scale Validation of the Wind-Induced Response of Tall Buildings: Updated Findings From the Chicago Monitoring Project


by Tracy Kijewski-Correa, M.ASCE, (Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame, 156 Fitzpatrick Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556 E-mail: tkijewsk@nd.edu), John Kilpatrick, (Graduate student, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B9 E-mail: jkilpatr@uwo.ca), Rachel Bashor, S.M.ASCE, (Graduate student, University of Notre Dame, 156 Fitzpatrick Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556 E-mail: rstansel@nd.edu), Dae-Kun Kwon, (Research Associate, University of Notre Dame, 156 Fitzpatrick Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556 E-mail: dkwon@nd.edu), Bradley S. Young, M.ASCE, (Engineer, Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP, Suite 1000, 224 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60604 E-mail: bradley.young@som.com), Robert C. Sinn, F.ASCE, (Associate, Partner, Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP, Suite 1000, 224 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60604 E-mail: robert.c.sinn@som.com), Jon Galsworthy, M.ASCE, (Assistant Professor and Associate Research Director, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B9 E-mail: jg@blwtl.uwo.ca), Dave Morrish, (Computer Systems Analyst, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B9 E-mail: dpm@blwtl.uwo.ca), Nicholas Isyumov, F.ASCE, (Research Consultant, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B9 E-mail: ni@blwtl.uwo.ca), and Ahsan Kareem, M.ASCE, (Professor, University of Notre Dame, 156 Fitzpatrick Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556 E-mail: kareem@nd.edu)
Section: Buildings, pp. 1-7, (doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/40753(171)63)

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Structures Congress 2005: Metropolis and Beyond
Abstract: While high-rise construction serves as one of the most challenging projects undertaken by society each year, tall buildings are one of the few constructed facilities whose design relies solely upon analytical and scaled models, which, though based upon fundamental mechanics and years of research and experience, have yet to be systematically validated in full-scale. In response to this deficiency, a full-scale monitoring project was initiated through the combined efforts of members of academe (University of Notre Dame), practicing design firms (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Chicago) and commercial testing laboratories (Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory, University of Western Ontario, Canada). The objective of this program is to monitor the full-scale response of some representative tall building structures and compare their actual performance to the predictions from wind tunnel testing and finite element computer models used in their design. As such, this program offers the opportunity to refine the design state-of-the-art based on any discrepancies revealed. As part of this full-scale evaluation, in-situ periods and damping ratios over a range of response amplitudes are being ascertained, which will prove vital for expanding the existing databases of full-scale dynamic properties. This paper presents a brief overview of the program.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Chicago
High-rise buildings
Illinois
Validation
Wind loads