The Application of Aerodynamic Model Tests to Wind Loading of Tall Buildings

by Daryl W. Boggs, Cermak/Peterka & Associates Inc, Fort Collins, CO, USA,
Jon A. Peterka, Cermak/Peterka & Associates Inc, Fort Collins, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dynamics of Structures


The theory of the aerodynamic model test, in which the wind response of tall structures can be computed for a range of dynamic properties from a measurement of the external wind load, is briefly reviewed. Results indicative of the power of this method are presented, and a simple method of accounting for non-ideal mode shapes based on a physical understanding of the underlying principles is introduced.

Subject Headings: Load tests | Wind loads | Aerodynamics | Load factors | Dynamic structural analysis | Dynamic properties | Wind power | Building design

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