Pressure Measuring System for Wind Loads

by Kishor C. Mehta, Texas Tech Univ, United States,
Marc L. Levitan, Texas Tech Univ, United States,
Daniel L. Millsaps, Texas Tech Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Design, Analysis and Testing


A project to acquire wind and building surface pressure data in the field is continuing at Texas Tech University. A test building of dimensions 30 × 45 × 13 ft (9.1 × 13.7 × 4.0 m) and a 160 ft (48.8 m) tall meteorological tower are constructed in an open field. The building surface pressures are measured through pressure taps. Pressure measuring system components such as differential pressure transducers are readily available. However, a total pressure measuring system is not available commercially. This paper describes custom assembly of the pressure measuring system and verification of its performance.

Subject Headings: Wind loads | Pressure measurement | Wind pressure | Load factors | Field tests | System analysis | Load tests | Construction management

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