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Wind and Structures
  Volume 28, Number 5, May 2019, pages 315-329

Aerodynamic loading of a typical low-rise building for an experimental stationary and non-Gaussian impinging jet
Chowdhury Jubayer, Djordje Romanic and Horia Hangan

    Non-synoptic winds have distinctive statistical properties compared to synoptic winds and can produce different wind loads on buildings and structures. The current study uses the new capabilities of the WindEEE Dome at Western University to replicate a stationary non-Gaussian wind event recorded at the Port of La Spezia in Italy. These stationary non-Gaussian wind events are also known as intermediate wind events as they differ from non-stationary non-Gaussian events (e.g., downbursts) as well as stationary Gaussian events (e.g., atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) flows). In the present study, the wind loads on a typical low-rise building are investigated for an intermediate wind event reproduced using a continuous radial impinging jet (IJ) at the WindEEE Dome. For the same building model, differences in wind loads between ABL and IJ are also examined. Wind loads on different surface zones on the building, as defined in the ASCE code for design loads, are also calculated and compared with the code.
Key Words
    non-Gaussian; impinging jet; low-rise building; wind load; WindEEE Dome
Chowdhury Jubayer, Djordje Romanic and Horia Hangan: Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment (WindEEE) Research Institute, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

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