Free Fall of Large Pipes

by James F. Costello, (M.ASCE),
Alan E. Stephenson,

Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 2, Pg. 477-480

Document Type: Journal Paper


The design of nuclear plant facilities to withstand the effects of tornadoes has required estimates of the motion of objects accelerated in a tornado windfield. This has inspired investigations of the three topics necessary for such estimates: 1) A Model of the windfield; 2) aerodynamic properties of the object; and 3) initial conditions for the trajectory.

Subject Headings: Pipes | Tornadoes | Building design | Motion (dynamics) | Aerodynamics

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