Wind Loads on Low Rise Structures: A Survey

by B. L. Sill, Clemson Univ, Clemson, United States,
T. A. Reinhold, Clemson Univ, Clemson, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structures Congress XII


Because of the large investment, high rise buildings are usually tested in a wind tunnel to provide the best wind loading information possible. Since low rise structures each represent a much smaller investment, these are generally not given such detailed treatment, and loads are determined for generic shapes as contained in appropriate building codes. This paper describes a five year project, currently beginning its third year, which is studying the loads on low rise structures in much more detail than has been done previously. Although the project is not completed, significant results can be reported (all of these are not new), and additional work is described.

Subject Headings: Wind loads | Load factors | Low-rise buildings | Geomatic surveys | Wind direction | Investments | Wind pressure | High-rise buildings

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