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Wind and Structures
  Volume 10, Number 5, September 2007 , pages 401-420

Field measurements of natural periods of vibration and structural damping of wind-excited tall residential buildings
S. Campbell, K.C.S. Kwok, P.A. Hitchcock, K.T. Tse and H.Y. Leung

    Field measurements of the wind-induced response of two residential reinforced concrete buildings, among the tallest in the world, have been performed during two typhoons. Natural periods and damping values have been determined and compared with other field measurements and empirical predictors. Suitable and common empirical predictors of natural period and structural damping have been obtained that describe the trend of tall, reinforced concrete buildings whose structural vibrations have been measured in the collection of studies in Hong Kong compiled by the authors. This data is especially important as the amount of information known about the dynamic parameters of buildings of these heights is limited. Effects of the variation of the natural period and damping values on the alongwind response of a tall building for serviceability-level wind conditions have been profiled using the gust response factor approach. When using this approach on these two buildings, the often overestimated natural periods and structural damping values suggested by empirical predictors tended to offset each other. Gust response factors calculated using the natural periods and structural damping values measured in the field were smaller than if calculated using design-stage values.
Key Words
    residential; tall buildings; typhoons; full-scale measurement; dynamic characteristics.
CLP Power Wind/Wave Tunnel Facility, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong S.A.R., P.R.China

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