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Wind and Structures   Volume 14, Number 4, July 2011, pages 285-300
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12989/was.2011.14.4.285
 
Wind profile management and blockage assessment for a new 12-fan Wall of Wind facility at FIU
Aly Mousaad Aly, Arindam Gan Chowdhury and Girma Bitsuamlak

 
Abstract     [Full Text]
    Researchers at the International Hurricane Research Center (IHRC), Florida International University (FIU), are working in stages on the construction of a large state-of-the-art Wall of Wind (WoW) facility to support research in the area of Wind Engineering. In this paper, the challenges of simulating hurricane winds for the WoW are presented and investigated based on a scale model study. Three wind profiles were simulated using airfoils, and/or adjustable planks mechanism with and without grids. Evaluations of flow characteristics were performed in order to enhance the WoW
 
Key Words
    Wall of Wind; atmospheric boundary layer; wind profile simulation; pressure coefficient; blockage.
 
Address
Aly Mousaad Aly : Department of Mechanical Engineering, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
Arindam Gan Chowdhury : Laboratory for Wind Engineering Research, International Hurricane Research Center, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, Florida 33174, USA
Girma Bitsuamlak: Laboratory for Wind Engineering Research, International Hurricane Research Center, Department of Civil
and Environmental Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, Florida 33174, USA
 

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