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Wind and Structures
  Volume 29, Number 6, December 2019, pages 489-497

Exploratory study on wind-adaptable design for super-tall buildings
Jiming Xie and Xiao-yue Yang

    Wind-adaptable design (WAD) provides a new method for super-tall buildings to lessen design conflicts between architectural prerequisites and aerodynamic requirements, and to increase the efficiency of structural system. Compared to conventional wind-resistant design approach, the proposed new method is to design a building in two consecutive stages: a stage in normal winds and a stage during extreme winds. In majority of time, the required structural capacity is primarily for normal wind effects. During extreme wind storms, the building\'s capacity to wind loads is reinforced by on-demand operable flow control measures/devices to effectively reduce the loads. A general procedure for using WAD is provided, followed by an exploratory case study to demonstrate the application of WAD.
Key Words
    wind-adaptable design; wind-resistant design; operable flow control; building aerodynamic optimization; wind effects; super-tall buildings
Jiming Xie and Xiao-yue Yang: College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang University, 866 Yuhangtang Road, Hangzhou, China

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