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Wind and Structures
  Volume 8, Number 3, May 2005, pages 179-196

Application of a wireless pressure sensing system to coastal wind monitoring
J. -P. Pinelli, C. S. Subramanian, C. Lapilli and L. Buist

    This paper describes the application of a wireless data acquisition system to monitor wind pressures and velocities with absolute pressure sensors and an anemometer. The system was developed for future deployment, as part of a research effort currently underway to instrument coastal homes in Florida to monitor roof wind pressures during hurricanes. The proposed wireless system will replace the current system that involves a large amount of hardwired connections from the sensors to the data processing unit that requires labor intensive wiring and preparation of the home. The paper describes comparison studies and field tests to assess the performance of the system. The new system offers the advantages of light hardware, ease of installation, capacity for 48 hours of continuous data acquisition, good frequency and amplitude responses, and a relatively simple maintenance. However, the tests also show that the shape of the shell that has been previously used to protect the sensors might interfere with the proper measurement of the pressures.
Key Words
    wireless sensing; hurricane wind loads; coastal monitoring; pressure transducer.
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