WIND-TUNNEL MODELING FOR STRUCTURAL DESIGN

Civil engineers, architects and mechanical engineers rely upon data derived from wind-tunnel tests for design of buildings, bridges, towers, and chimneys as extensively as aeronautical engineers do for design of aircraft. Development of special boundary-layer wind tunnels that successfully simulate natural wind in the atmospheric boundary layer has made this possible. Long test-section wind tunnels used for this prupose are of the closed-circuit types. Four common types of small-scale models are used for tests to yield data for design and analysis - rigid (static) pressure, rigid low-frequency balance, and aeroelastic. Data from these tests must be used with wind data obtained from a meteorological station near the construction site to achieve economical designs having specified risk of damage or unacceptable performance.

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  • Accession Number: 00488873
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Title no. 86-S57
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1989 12:00AM