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Wind and Structures
  Volume 17, Number 3, September 2013 , pages 245-262

The acrosswind response of the downwind prism in a twin-prism system with a staggered arrangement
Fuh-Min Fang, Cheng-Yang Chung, Yi-Chao Li, Wen-Chin Liu and Perng-Kwei Lei

    The flow interaction between two identical neighboring twin square prisms in a staggered arrangement in an open terrain was investigated experimentally. The downwind prism was mounted on a rigid-aeroelastic setup in an open-terrain boundary layer flow to measure its acrosswind root-mean-square responses and aerodynamic damping ratios. By varying the relative location of the upwind prism and the Scruton number associated with the downwind prism, the acrosswind aeroelastic behavior of the downwind prism was analyzed and compared to that of an isolated one. Results showed that the acrosswind root-mean-square response of the downwind prism could be either suppressed or enhanced by the wake flow produced by the neighboring upwind prism. Besides the assessment of the wake effect of the downwind prism, finally, regressed relationships were presented to describe the variation of the aerodynamic damping ratio so as to predict its acrosswind fluctuating response numerically.
Key Words
    high-rise building; aerodynamic damping; wind tunnel tests
Fuh-Min Fang and Cheng-Yang Chung : Department of Civil Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan 40227
Yi-Chao Li and Wen-Chin Liu : Architecture and Building Research Institute, Tainan, Taiwan 71150
Perng-Kwei Lei: Department of Bio-Industrial Mechatronics Engineering, National Chung Hsing University,
Taichung, Taiwan 40227

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