Hyperbolic Cooling Tower Dynamic Response to Wind

by Ray L. Steinmetz, Engr.; Exxon Production Research Co., Houston, Tex.; formerly, Grad. Student, Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Princeton Univ., Princeton, N.J.,
John F. Abel, (M.ASCE), Asst. Prof. of Struct. Engrg.; Cornell Univ., Ithaca, N.Y.,
David P. Billington, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Princeton Univ., Princeton, N.J.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 1, Pg. 35-53

Document Type: Journal Paper


The dynamic response of a hyperbolic cooling tower experiencing a wind loading is determined by a finite element method of analysis using a step-by-step numerical method of timewise integration. Using as the forcing function the actual recorded wind pressures neasured by transducers installed about the throat of the Martin's Creek tower, the tower's dynamic response is determined and compared to its quasistatic response.

Subject Headings: Finite element method | Cooling towers | Dynamic response | Wind engineering | Wind pressure | Wind loads | Dynamic analysis | Dynamic pressure

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