Response Analysis of Tall Buildings to Wind Loadings

by Rimas Vaicaitis, (A.M.ASCE), Asst. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Columbia Univ., New York, N.Y.,
Masaru Takeno, Asst. Mgr.; Nippon Steel Corp., Tokyo, Japan; formerly, Grad. Student, Columbia Univ., New York, N.Y.,
Masanobu Shinozuka, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 3, Pg. 585-600

Document Type: Journal Paper


A Monte Carlo technique is used for the response analysis of continuous structures to wind loading. The wind forces corresponding to drag, acting along-wind direction and lift, and acting across wind are considered. The fluctuating wind velocity field is taken as a stationary Gaussian random process with mean zero. The modal time-domain approach is used for response calculations with the generalized random forces being generated numerically on a digital computer. The results are used to study the effect on structural response by aerodynamic damping, higher order turbulence, wind inertia, and vortex shedding.

Subject Headings: Wind loads | Continuous structures | Load factors | Wind forces | Wind direction | Structural analysis | Monte Carlo method | Wind speed | Monaco | Europe

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