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Computers and Structures 75 (2000) 3144

Prediction of wind-induced fatigue on claddings of low

K. Suresh Kumar 1
Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, FAGO, Postbus 513, Technical University of Eindhoven, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The
Received 30 September 1998; accepted 10 March 1999


This paper presents an analytical approach for the prediction of wind-induced fatigue on claddings of low
buildings. The method uses digitally simulated wind pressure data, long-term wind climate of the region and
experimental fatigue characteristics data of claddings. The wind pressure data is analyzed using rainow technique
to establish the fatigue characteristics of pressure data. For low buildings located in temperate regions, the
accumulation of wind load cycles during the design life of cladding is estimated using a probabilistic approach by
integrating the long-term wind climate of the region with the fatigue characteristics of pressures. Finally, the wind-
induced fatigue damage is calculated utilizing Miner's rule and Goodman's method. Analytical predictions for the
case of roof claddings are validated by experimental measurements in a boundary layer wind tunnel. This approach
seems promising for a parametric investigation of wind-induced fatigue. # 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights

Keywords: Cladding; Fatigue; Low building; Wind-induced

1. Introduction components against wind-induced fatigue, damages

during storms are still common. Continuing research
Low buildings have generally been designed for sta- eorts would be useful in reducing wind-induced fati-
tic wind loading. However, the failure at relatively low gue damages.
wind speeds of building components, which are actu- Several studies in the past showed that it is
ally rated to sustain high wind speeds by static design, reasonable to assume the pressure uctuations on
has received wider attention more recently. Fatigue building envelopes as stationary random processes.
due to repetitive sequences of high pressure uctu- Therefore, the theory of stochastic processes can be
ations has been identied as the main reason for the used to quantify such loadings. For instance, the
extensive damage to building components in many vio- power spectra of the pressure uctuations may help
lent storms [1]. Despite the allowance provided in in the simulation of representative sample time his-
some codes and standards for proof-testing of building tories. Thereafter, an appropriate cycle counting
technique such as the rainow algorithm, and a
damage accumulation hypothesis such as Miner's
E-mail address: (K. Suresh Kumar). rule can be used to obtain fatigue damage estimates
Formerly, Doctoral Student at School for Building, Con- [2]. Goodman's method can be employed to ap-
cordia University, Montreal, Canada. proximately account for the eect of mean load.

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b probability parameter n number of cycles per hour per one m/s of

b width of building mean hourly wind velocity at building
cj Weibull constant height
Cprmax maximum pressure cycle range [NT] total load cycle distribution
D damage index pj probability of wind coming from a particu-
Dg damage due to Gaussian time series lar direction
Dng damage due to non-Gaussian time series Sk skewness
Et exponential random variable Smi mean pressure
hl lower eave height Sri pressure range associated with Smi
p cycle histogram Sth threshold pressure
Ik Fourier amplitude Su ultimate pressure of roong component
K intercept of the SN curve plotted on a T design life of cladding in hours
loglog graph T time
k total number of blocks t time (data points)
kj Weibull constant V mean hourly wind velocity at building
Ku kurtosis height
L geometric length Vi mean hourly wind velocity at building
l length of building height
m1 slope of the SN curve plotted on a loglog V design mean hourly wind velocity at build-
graph ing height corresponding to a specic return
N number of cycles period
n time series length DV small interval of velocity
Ni number of cycles to failure under Sri Yt skeleton signal
ni total number of cycles in the ith block of Zt simulated time series
constant pressure range, Sri fk Fourier phase
Nm number of pressure cycles in model scale s2 variance
Np number of pressure cycles in full-scale

Note that the conventional damage hypothesis can- ern the design of cladding as well as fasteners. The
not take into account the sequence eects present in evaluation of fatigue damage estimates using this simu-
actual wind pressure uctuations; ideally, the simu- lation scheme has been rst attempted in the frame-
lated wind pressure uctuations can be applied work of the present study.
directly on a cladding with the help of facilities like The main objective of this paper is, therefore, to
BRERWULF [3] in order to reproduce the actual address the application of the simulated pressure uc-
eects of wind pressure uctuations on cladding el- tuations in predicting the fatigue behavior of cladding
ements. using rainow algorithm, Miner's rule and Goodman's
Though the above mentioned procedure is simple, it method. The rate of fatigue damage accumulation
may have limitations which must be addressed before both under Gaussian and non-Gaussian wind pressure
it can successfully be used. For instance, the conven- loadings has been investigated. Furthermore, the long-
tional simulation of a time history based on power term wind climate is integrated with the simulated fati-
spectra assumes that the process is Gaussian. However, gue characteristics of cladding pressures to evaluate
both Gaussian and non-Gaussian wind pressures have total fatigue loading on cladding of low buildings
been observed depending on tap location and wind located in temperate climate regions. A few prelimi-
direction; mostly, non-Gaussian wind pressures are nary results were reported in Refs. [9,10].
observed on corner zones as well as on other separated
ow regions [4,5]. Therefore, the new simulation
scheme that can generate both Gaussian as well as 2. Methodology: prediction of wind-induced fatigue on
non-Gaussian pressure uctuations [68] and whose claddings
eciency has been veried for a number of cases can
be used. This simulation scheme is basically developed Fig. 1 shows the schematic of the prediction of
to generate only local pressure uctuations which gov- wind-induced fatigue. The methodology consists of
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four major steps: (1) simulation of wind loading, (2) part of the Gaussian time series, represented by inde-
estimation of wind load cycles, (3) estimation of total pendent uniformly distributed random numbers
fatigue loading, and (4) estimation of wind-induced between p and p, can be easily generated using com-
fatigue damage. Note that the long-term climate of the monly available algorithms [6]. However, in the case of
location is an input in this approach to estimate total non-Gaussian time series, the phase part cannot be
fatigue loading. Another input that is required to com- replaced by independent uniform random numbers. A
pute the damage caused by the total fatigue loading is simple Exponential Peak Generation (EPG) model is
the constant amplitude test results (SN curve) of the proposed for the generation of skeleton signal from
cladding material. which the required phase can be drawn [68]. The
EPG model takes the form,
2.1. Simulation of wind loading
Yt 0, with probability b
Time histories of Gaussian and non-Gaussian press-
ures on claddings can be generated with the help of Et , with probability 1 b, 0RbR1 2
the following discrete Fourier transform equation [68]
where, Yt corresponds to skeleton signal, b is the prob-
n1 p ability parameter that controls the intensity as well as
Zt n Ik eifk ei2pkt=n , t 0,1, . . . ,n 1 1 the frequency of spikes in the skeleton signal, and Et is
the exponential random variable. The model parameter
where, Zt corresponds b has been estimated by minimizing the sum of the
p to time series, n corresponds to squared errors in skewness and kurtosis. Many success-
time series length, Ik corresponds to Fourier ampli-
tude, fk corresponds to Fourier phase and the term ful simulations have been performed at various roof lo-
2pk=n is the integer multiple of the fundamental fre- cations of many low buildings by using synthetic
quency 2p=n known as Fourier frequency. Through spectra derived from several wind tunnel measurements
out this paper, the measured and simulated wind press- [6,11,12]. The same procedure has been adopted in this
ure uctuations are conveniently shown as the time study to simulate wind pressure uctuations on clad-
varying pressure coecients after dividing them by the dings for fatigue evaluation.
reference dynamic pressure at mean roof height. The
above simulation procedure, which is developed based
on several wind tunnel measurements, requires the 2.2. Estimation of wind load cycles
knowledge of both Fourier amplitude and phase in
order to simulate a time series. The amplitude part of One of the major tasks of fatigue analysis is to
the time series can be constructed from measured establish a proper expression for the load and its re-
pressure spectra or tted empirical expressions for sub- lationship with time or frequency. Generally, the loads
sequent simulations in a synthetic manner [6,7,11,12]. can be classied as random process or a single-ampli-
Unlike the amplitude part, the phase part of uctu- tude sine wave or a set of discrete amplitude sine
ations cannot be modelled empirically or deterministi- waves. For the latter two cases, the denition of cycle
cally; however, stochastic models might be more is clear and the number of cycles can be determined by
appropriate to represent its random nature. The phase simple counting based on the type of events to be
counted such as peaks, level crossings etc. However,
the wind pressure uctuations are random in nature
for which the term cycle is rather confusing and count-
ing of cycles is complex. The wind pressure uctu-
ations acting on claddings of low buildings are broad-
banded and sometimes non-Gaussian too [46]; there-
fore, the description as well as counting of load cycles
are not easy as in the case of a narrowband Gaussian
process. Common cycle counting techniques in use
today are peak, range, range-pair and rainow [13]. Of
these various methods, rainow has been shown to be
superior and yields the best fatigue life estimates, es-
pecially in the case of broadband non-Gaussian pro-
cess [13]. The rainow method can identify cycles as
closed hysteresis loops and can provide range and
mean values for each cycle. This method was recently
Fig. 1. Schematic of the prediction of wind-induced fatigue. used by Xu [14] and Jancauskas et al. [15] to count
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cycles of wind-induced pressures. Moreover, the recent gram, [H ] displaying the distribution of pressure cycles
standardization of this methodology by Amzallag et al. over both cycle ranges and mean levels as a ratio of
[16] eliminates the presence of half cycles appearing in the total number of cycles. The MATLAB functions
the conventional rainow method. Therefore, this used for all the numerical applications in this paper
method has been adopted in this study to count the can be found in Ref. [6].
number of cycles present in pressure uctuations.
The rainow procedure applied in this investigation
consists of four major steps: (1) extraction of extrema, 2.3. Estimation of total fatigue loading
(2) extraction of cycles, (3) treatment of residue and
(4) storing cycles. A basic treatment of the loading, Claddings are exposed to a spectrum of wind speeds
namely extraction of extrema, is required before the during their life time. Corresponding to the variation
rainow procedure can be applied. In step (1), peaks of wind speed, the number of cycles presents in press-
as well as valleys of a pressure time series are identied ure uctuations vary as well. On the other hand, the
and stored as a sequence of extrema (S ). In step (2), fatigue damage of cladding usually accumulates
the cycles are extracted from the sequence of extrema throughout its life time depending on the material
based on the rules explained in Ref. [16]. The cycle type. Therefore, for the design of cladding correspond-
extraction procedure starts with the rst four succes- ing to a particular wind return period and specic life
sive points (1, 2, 3, and 4) in a sequence of extrema time, such uctuations in wind speed have to be taken
(S ). Thereafter, three consecutive ranges are deter- into account. In this study, it is assumed that the
mined: DS1 jS2 S1 j, DS2 jS3 S2 j and DS3 buildings are located in temperate climate regions
jS4 S3 j: If DS2 RDS1 and DS2 RDS3 , then: (1) the where the predominant source of high wind speeds is
cycle represented by its extreme values S2 and S3 is large-scale and frequently occurring non-tropical
extracted; (2) the two points S2 and S3 are discarded; cyclone systems. The long-term wind climate of the
(3) the two remaining parts are connected to each corresponding location is integrated with the simulated
other. If not, the following point is considered and the fatigue characteristics of the pressure uctuations to
same procedure is applied using points 2, 3, 4 and the obtain the total fatigue loading using a probabilistic
new point, 5. The procedure is repeated until the last approach similar to that of Xu [14]. The eect of wind
point of the sequence is reached. The leftover points direction on the pressure cycle distribution is not con-
(points that are not included in cycle extraction) con- sidered in the present approach.
stitute the residue. Further, the cycles can be extracted The probability that the mean hourly wind velocity
from a residue by adding the residue to itself and Vi at a particular location is in a small interval of
applying the previous rainow technique to the specied velocity DV is
sequence composed of two residues, which is carried  
out in step (3). The residue left out of this procedure is DV DV
P Vi RVi RVi 1PVi DV 3
identical to the rst one. In this way, the sequence can 2 2
be decomposed into cycles completely. Note that care
Consequently, for a given mean hourly wind velocity
should be taken while joining the two residues.
at building height Vi ), the number of cycles at a tap
Depending on their initial and nal relative values and
location Nvi has been estimated using
slopes, AFNOR A03-406 [17] provides some special
way of joining two residues. Note that the application Nvi n Vi PVi DV T 4
of rainow method will result in number of cycles cor-
responding to various mean and range values of press- where, n number of cycles per hour per one m/s of
ures. It may be further necessary to quantify these mean hourly wind velocity at building height; and T
established cycles in a more comprehensive and sim- design life of cladding in hours. The distribution of the
plistic way so that it can be applied in practice, which cycles Nvi over all cycle ranges and mean levels can be
is carried out in step (4). Within this context, the mean estimated by
and range values of cycles are divided into certain
number of classes of constant width interval, and all Nvi Nvi H 5
values (mean and range) located in a given class are where, H cycle histogram. Thereafter, the follow-
replaced by a representative value of this class (the ing equation gives the total load cycle distribution of
mean value is usually chosen). Finally, the number of the designated tap:
cycles corresponding to representative mean and range
of each class is stored in a matrix format for further X
NT Nvi 6
analysis. The outputs of this exercise are (1) maximum i
pressure cycle range, Cprmax, (2) the total number of
cycles, N, and (3) the three-dimensional cycle histo- where, the mean level and range of NT are expressed
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as the ratio of design wind pressure, 12 r  V  Cprmax the various models including Miner's rule that
(Cprmax is the maximum pressure cycle range and V is designers use to predict fatigue under variable ampli-
the design mean hourly wind velocity at building tude and random loading are provided elsewhere [18].
height corresponding to a specic return period). This The number of cycles to failure Ni can be obtained
shows that the above summation is not straightforward from the constant amplitude SN curve of the corre-
since each Nvi is a function of velocity, i.e., the cycle sponding cladding material [19]. By applying Good-
mean levels and ranges are a function of velocity. man's simplication to estimate the pressure range
Therefore, it is necessary to carry out a proper sum- equivalent to nonzero mean pressure [2], the conven-
mation according to the mean levels and ranges of tional SN relationship becomes
each Nvi ], which is pictorially shown in Fig. 2. In this 2 3m1
summation, each Nvi should be rearranged depending Sri
Ni K4 , Sri rSth 8
on the mean level and range of each cell in this matrix Smi 5
compared to the mean level and range of NT ]. For Su
instance, in case of low Vi , mean level and range of
where, Sri pressure range associated with mean press-
the cells of Nvi may lie in the lower classes of the
ure Smi , Su ultimate pressure of cladding com-
mean level and ranges of NT ]. Therefore, all the cycles
ponents, Sth threshold pressure below which there is
in rearranged Nvi will be concentrated at few cells
no damage to cladding, and K and m1 are constants
and as a result the modied Nvi becomes smaller.
representing intercept and slope, respectively of the
This is shown in Fig. 2, where the matrix (modied
constant amplitude SN curve plotted on a loglog
Nvi ]) corresponding to lower Vi is smaller.
graph. The parameters Su, K and m1 for any particular
cladding material can be established by carrying out
2.4. Estimation of wind-induced fatigue damage
conventional constant amplitude tests [19].
Wind-induced fatigue damage, D, can be estimated
using the well-known damage accumulation hypothesis
of Miner's rule:
3. Numerical examples: fatigue analysis of roof
ni claddings
D 7
In the past two decades, several researchers have
where, ni total number of wind load cycles in the ith investigated wind-induced fatigue using either wind
block of constant pressure range, Sri ; Ni number of tunnel or full-scale measurementssee Refs. [14,20].
cycles to failure under Sri ; and k total number of Regarding analytical studies, Davenport [21] proposed
blocks. Failure occurs when D 1: More details about a method to estimate wind-induced fatigue damage by
assuming the wind loading as a broadband Gaussian
process. Lynn and Stathopoulos [22] improved the pre-
dictions by including the eect of non-normality by
using a mixed GaussianWeibull extremum model.
Later, Winterstein [23] derived Hermite moment
models to predict fatigue damage rates; these models
use moments (skewness and kurtosis) to form non-
Gaussian contributions. The developed ratio of actual
non-Gaussian to Gaussian damage rate g is
   p m1
E Dng pM m1 VR !
g     9
E Dg 2VR ! m1

4 1 h4 h~4 p 2 2
VR ; M 1 2h~3 6h~4

Ku 3 1 1:5Ku 3 1
h4 ; h~4 ;
Fig. 2. Pictorial representation of the summation in Eq. (6) 24 18
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h~3 p details are provided in Table 1. The simulations have
4 2 1 1:5Ku 3 been carried out as previously discussed in Section 2.1
using the synthetic normalized spectra, SFNG1 [6,11,12];
where, Sk and Ku represent skewness and kurtosis this synthetic spectra is developed based on many wind
values of the time series and m1 corresponds to the tunnel measured spectra over a at roof non-Gaussian
slope of the SN curve of the material under consider- region and the details can be found in Refs. [6,11,12].
ation. The three inputs required to compute Eq. (9) The values of probability parameter b that induce non-
are Sk, Ku and m1. This model is based on the normality are also provided. Statistics of the simulated
assumption that the process is narrow-banded; how- uctuations provided in Table 1 shows that both
ever, according to Winterstein [23], the damage ratio is samples are non-Gaussian and sample S50 is highly
not aected much by the bandwidth eects and, there- non-Gaussian compared to S64. The importance of the
fore, is usually conservative with respect to the rain- inherent non-normality of the samples in fatigue
ow counting assumption. Note that the previously damage accumulation can be demonstrated by compar-
suggested analytical models are based on the peak ing the damage caused by the actual non-Gaussian
cycle counting method; this method is not suited for loading with that of the corresponding simulated load-
counting cycles in the case of wind pressure uctu- ing based on Gaussian assumption. Within this con-
ations on low building roofs that are broad-banded text, Gaussian counterparts for both cases are also
and non-Gaussian [5,6]. On the other hand, the use of simulated using their corresponding spectra.
more accurate cycle counting method makes the pre-
sent approach promising for the prediction of wind-
3.2. Fatigue characteristics of roof pressures
induced fatigue with reasonable accuracy. This
approach also includes the eect of long-term wind cli-
mate of the location. Further, the present approach is The number of data in each record of the wind-tun-
very useful to carry out an extensive parametric study. nel measured and the corresponding simulated pressure
time histories is 8192, corresponding to a duration of
16.384 s in model scale. The results of rainow method
3.1. Simulation of roof pressure uctuations in terms of the maximum pressure cycle range
(Cprmax), the number of load cycles in model scale
Fatigue characteristics of pressure uctuations have (Nm), and full-scale (Np) of the corresponding time his-
been investigated at few locations over at and mono- tories are listed in Table 2. While applying rainow al-
slope roof buildings although only two representative gorithm, no hysteresis threshold limit has been used to
examples have been provided. Pressure taps have been eliminate small cycles since it was decided to use such
selected in zones of very high energetic fatigue loading threshold in the estimation of total fatigue loading and
of a 15 m high at roof building and the simulation corresponding damage. Note that each sample of

Table 1
Simulation details of time series
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Table 2 depicts the rainow results of the simulated

non-Gaussian time series (NG), their Gaussian (G)
counterparts and the corresponding measured non-
Gaussian time series (M). As expected, the maximum
pressure cycle range of simulated non-Gaussian time
history is greater than its corresponding Gaussian
counterpart; however, the dierence between the two
depends on the intensity of non-normality. For
instance, the dierence between the maximum pressure
cycle range corresponding to the simulated non-Gaus-
sian time series and its Gaussian counterpart in case of
S64 is less than that of S50 since sample S64 is not
highly non-Gaussian (see Table 1). On the other hand,
the Cprmax of simulated non-Gaussian time series is
dierent from the corresponding measured non-Gaus-
sian time series. This is because the simulations are
based on generalized spectra of that zone and more-
over, Cprmax is sensitive to peaks which vary from Fig. 3. Cycle histogram of S50 (simulated).
sample to sample. Note that the total numbers of
cycles in model scale corresponding to both samples
are close, though they usually vary according to tap lo- is time, V is mean hourly wind velocity at building
cations. height, and the indices p and m stand for prototype
The number of cycles corresponding to model scale and model, respectively. The number of cycles per
has to be converted to full-scale for actual damage esti- hour per one m/s of hourly mean wind velocity at
mation. Additional information required for this con-  is evaluated with the help of
building height, Np n,
version is the relationship between the wind speed and corresponding Nm's and by taking Lm =Lp 1=400,
the number of cycles. In the present study, the simi- Vp 1 m/s, Vm 5:5 m/s, Tp 3600 s, and Tm
larity equation associated with the Strouhal number 16:384 s; n corresponding to various cases is provided
which provides the linear relationship between number in Table 2. Later, the total pressure cycles in full-scale
of cycles and wind speed [14,15,22] has been used to corresponding to a particular wind velocity for a
evaluate the number of cycles per hour per one m/s of period of time in hours can be evaluated by multiply-
mean hourly wind velocity at building height in full- ing Np by the corresponding wind velocity and period.
scale (Np) provided in Table 2. The number of cycles Figs. 36 display typical cycle histograms of the
in both full-scale and model scale wind pressures, simulated and measured samples. The vertical axis
counted by the rainow method, are expected to ap- shows the ratios of the number of cycles in each cell to
proximately satisfy the similarity equation, the total number of cycles. The two horizontal axes
Lm Vp Tp
Np Nm 10
Lp Vm Tm

where, N is number of cycles, L is geometric length, T

Table 2
Typical results of rainow counting method1

Sample Type Cprmax Nm Np n

S50 NG 5.30 1803 180

G 4.25 1882 188
M 4.40 1974 197
S64 NG 3.12 1817 181
G 3.01 1882 188
M 3.70 1983 198

NGsimulated (non-Gaussian), Gsimulated (Gaus-
sian), Mmeasured. Fig. 4. Cycle histogram of S50 (measured).
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Fig. 5. Cycle histogram of S64 (simulated). Fig. 7. Cycle histogram of S50 (simulated, Gaussian).

refer to the range and mean level of cycles expressed pressure cycle range of a time series is consistently
as a ratio of the maximum pressure cycle range of the greater than the maximum pressure cycle mean level
corresponding simulated time history obtained from for the cases studied. In general, the cycle histogram of
rainow counting method. Low cycle ranges have been simulated pressure uctuations corresponding to S50
included. Clearly, the low level cycle ranges corre- and S64 are similar to those of the corresponding
sponding to low cycle mean levels are lled with more measured pressure uctuations. This similarity of cycle
cycles and this is typical for most cases; however, var- histograms and the number of cycles between the simu-
ious patterns of distribution of cycles have been noted lated and the measured cases indicate that simulated
depending on the location of the tap on the roof and pressure uctuations can be used to determine fatigue
the wind direction. For instance, compared with characteristics of wind pressures on roofs. The cycle
sample S64 (Figs. 5 and 6), the cycles corresponding to histogram and the number of cycles, together with the
sample S50 (Figs. 3 and 4) are more or less concen- information on long-term wind climate, can be used to
trated on the cells of lowest mean cycle levels. The determine the total fatigue loading on roof cladding.
cycles of S64 are more uniformly distributed compared Furthermore, the cycle histograms of the correspond-
with those of S50. It is also noted that the maximum ing simulated Gaussian time histories are shown in

Fig. 6. Cycle histogram of S64 (measured). Fig. 8. Cycle histogram of S64 (simulated, Gaussian).
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Table 3 vantages of the current simulation methodology in fati-

Constant amplitude test results of typical roong sheets gue analysis is its exibility in carrying out a
parametric study. For instance, the eect of variance
Type of roong K m1 Su (kPa) s2 of pressure uctuations on fatigue mean life time
of the roof is shown in Fig. 10 with variance ranging
Trapezoidal roong 6:248  105 3.008 9.2
Ribbed roong 2:088  105 2.531 7.6 from 0.1 to 0.3. For all simulations, the normalized
spectrum SFNG1 was multiplied with dierent variance
to obtain the actual power spectrum. Clearly, when the
intensity of uctuations (variance) increases, the fati-
Figs. 7 and 8. The cycle histogram for both cases gue mean life time decreases. Further, note that as the
obtained using Gaussian assumption is certainly dier- wind velocity increases, the fatigue life time decreases.
ent from those of the actual non-Gaussian cases shown Overall, this section demonstrates the potential of the
in Figs. 3 and 5. Note that the cycles are more or less simulation methodology to represent fatigue character-
uniformly distributed under the Gaussian assumption. istics of roof pressures.
Though the similarity between the simulated and
measured cases have been shown in terms of distri- 3.3. Integrating long-term wind climate
bution of cycles, it may be of interest to show the com-
parison between the damage caused by simulated and For demonstration purposes, it is assumed that the
measured uctuations to a roof system. To demon- building is exposed to temperate climate of Montreal,
strate the fatigue damage caused by the pressure uc- Canada. The design mean hourly wind speed, corre-
tuations, two common roof types used in Australia sponding to a 50-year return period V  is used for all
have been chosen from Xu [19]; their constant ampli- computations; the design mean hourly wind speed at
tude test results are provided in Table 3 The simulated building height in an open country terrain exposure is
as well as measured pressure uctuations have been estimated to be 26 m/s based on NBCC [24]. The Wei-
applied to the trapezoidal roong and the correspond- bull distribution has been adopted in this study for
ing fatigue mean life time of the roof cladding is esti- describing the probability density of mean hourly wind
mated. Fatigue mean life time refers to the expected velocity PVi ). Considering the mean hourly wind
life time until the damage reaches the failure criterion velocity at building site in Montreal from all 16 direc-
D 1; this is estimated simply by inverting the damage tions, the Weibull probability density function PVi
index calculated for a specic wind velocity blowing has been estimated using
for an hour. The results are provided in Fig. 9. Note
the reasonable similarity between the measured and X16
kj k 1 kj

simulated cases which is encouraging. One of the ad- PVi pj kj V i j eVi =cj 11
j1 cj

Fig. 9. Fatigue life time of trapezoidal roof under simulated Fig. 10. Eect of variance of pressure uctuations on fatigue
and measured wind loading. life time of trapezoidal roof.
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where, pj probability of wind coming from a particu- number of cycles are concentrated at both low cycle
lar direction and constants cj and kj determine the ranges and low cycle mean levels. As cycle ranges
shape of the distribution; the corresponding values of or cycle mean levels become larger, the number of
the parameters shown in Table 4 are taken from Wu cycles becomes smaller. Another interesting feature
[25]. of the total load cycle distribution is that the maxi-
While estimating the total fatigue loading with mum number of load cycles for a given range is
respect to a given wind return period and design life, approximately located at a mean level which is
the threshold cycle range in all computations has been half of the cycle range; this was also observed by Xu
kept initially at 5% of the design wind pressure; this [14]. This property is discussed in detail in the next
was also done by Xu [14] to eliminate small cycles section.
which contribute little to fatigue damage. However, it
was later decided to use a 4% of the global maximum 3.3.1. Mean levels of load cycles
design wind pressure corresponding to the maximum As previously mentioned, the total cycles are jointly
pressure cycle range as the hysteresis threshold in distributed over both cycle ranges and mean levels.
order to have a reasonable comparison of number of Though it is ideal to directly use the total load cycle
cycles at various taps. The global maximum design distribution for fatigue tests, such an approach may be
wind pressure out of the cases considered is 12 r  V  expensive and inconvenient. Therefore, it may be
Cprmax 0:65  26  5:3=1000 2:37 kPa, which cor- necessary to simplify the total load cycle distributions
responds to the design mean hourly wind speed of 26 for practical applications. The typical nature of total
m/s at building height and the largest pressure cycle load cycle distributions noted in Figs. 11 and 12 indi-
range of 5.3 of simulated time series of S50see Table cate that there is a possibility for further simplication
2; the threshold used in all computations was 0.1 kPa. of the loading.
Admittedly, nding an appropriate threshold limit for An attempt has been made to clearly show the con-
fatigue design considerations is debatable, since such a centration of cycles in a given range. Figs. 13 and 14
limit is a function of the type of cladding material. display the concentration of cycles in the case of
Depending on the threshold limit, the number of cycles sample S50 for the Montreal design hourly mean wind
as well as the estimated damage can increase or speed of 26 m/s and a design life of 50 years. The hori-
decrease. zontal axis refers to the ratio of cycle range to the de-
Figs. 11 and 12 show the total load cycle distri- sign wind pressure, while the vertical axis refers to the
bution for S50 and S64. Both cycle ranges and cycle ratio of cycle mean level to the design wind pressure.
mean levels are expressed as a ratio of the correspond- The number in a cell is a proportion of the cycles in
ing design wind pressure. The design life of roof (T ) is the cell to the total number of cycles in the same range
taken as 50 years. Figs. 11 and 12 show that a large in which the cell lies (i.e., the total number of cycles in
the column in which this cell lies). The plus sign in a
cell indicates that the proportion of this cell is less
Table 4 than 10% but more than zero. The solid oblique line
Weibull constants based on meteorological records for Mon- is a particular case in which the cycle mean level is
treal, after Wu [25] always half of the given cycle range. Surprisingly, for
a given cycle range, especially for cycle ranges of
i Sector pj (%) kj cj (m/s) high values, most of the cycles in the corresponding
range are concentrated in the cells around this solid
1 N 4.10 1.51 3.34
oblique line. This result shows the possibility of sim-
2 NNE 8.10 1.05 3.11
3 NE 7.46 1.30 4.47
plifying the fatigue wind loading matrix; however,
4 ENE 2.62 1.69 4.29 further work concerning this issue is required before
5 E 2.21 1.62 3.23 drawing any conclusions. The similarity between
6 ESE 2.42 1.79 3.69 simulated and measured cases shown in Figs. 13 and
7 SE 4.45 1.81 4.35 14, respectively demonstrates once again the suit-
8 SSE 5.07 1.76 4.33 ability of the proposed approach for wind-induced
9 S 3.39 1.57 3.14 fatigue life prediction.
10 SSW 5.39 1.62 3.80
11 SW 11.74 1.26 4.17
12 WSW 14.07 1.40 5.06 3.4. Fatigue damage accumulation
13 W 11.81 1.45 5.02
14 WNW 5.73 1.83 3.10
15 NW 3.59 1.67 3.97
Using Miner's rule and the constantamplitude SN
16 NNW 2.83 1.43 3.07 curves, damage D has been estimated using Eq. (7) as
follows: the estimated total cycles corresponding to
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Fig. 11. Total load cycle distribution for S50 (simulated).

each mean and range values, ni 's, (Figs. 11 and 12) are after, the ratios corresponding to each mean and range
divided by the corresponding number of cycles to fail- level are summed up to obtain the damage index, D.
ure, Ni 's, obtained from the known behavior of roof The estimated damage indices are provided in Table 5
cladding under constant amplitude loading represented where Dng and Dg represent damage due to non-Gaus-
by Eq. (8). The ratio corresponding to each mean and sian process and Gaussian process, respectively. Based
range values represents an index of contribution of the on the calculations, the ribbed roof fails under the
corresponding pressure cycles towards damage. There- loading given in Fig. 11; however, the roof does not

Fig. 12. Total load cycle distribution for S64 (simulated).

42 K. Suresh Kumar / Computers and Structures 75 (2000) 3144

Fig. 13. Concentration of cycles of S50 (simulated).

Fig. 14. Concentration of cycles of S50 (measured).

fail under the Gaussian assumption. In both cases ana-

evaluation of wind-induced fatigue on claddings of
lyzed, the damage indices corresponding to Gaussian
low buildings. This approach essentially consists of
assumption are smaller than those of the actual non-
(1) simulation of Gaussian or non-Gaussian pressure
Gaussian cases; this implies that the roof cladding
uctuations on claddings using the recently proposed
designed based on Gaussian assumption is expected to
simulation scheme, (2) reduction of time varying load-
fail prematurely. Since sample S50 is highly non-Gaus-
ing into pressure cycles using the standardized rain-
sian compared to sample S64, the corresponding indi-
ow technique, (3) integration of the long-term wind
ces are also higher for sample S50. Furthermore, the
climate with the simulated fatigue characteristics of
ratio Dng/Dg decreases as the non-normality
pressures to obtain total fatigue loading on claddings
(expressed, say by kurtosis) decreases; this ratio for
of buildings located in temperate climate regions,
sample S64 is consistently lower than that of sample
and (4) evaluation of fatigue damage using Miner's
S50 irrespective of the type of roof. The results of the
rule and Goodman's method. Numerical examples
earlier study also clearly indicated that the non-nor-
and the validation of the predictions using wind tun-
mality of the wind pressure uctuations can signi-
nel measurements are provided for the case of roof
cantly increase the rate of fatigue damage
accumulation and can result in non-conservative fati-
The results clearly show that the fatigue character-
gue life estimates if its eects are not accounted for
istics of digitally simulated roof pressure uctuations
[10]. Moreover, for the same loading, this ratio for tra-
agree fairly well with those of the wind tunnel
pezoidal roong is always higher than that of ribbed
roong. It is clear from Eqs. (7) and (8) that the ratio
Dng/Dg is independent of the intercept of the SN
curve (K ), but depends on the slope of the SN curve Table 5
(m1) of the cladding. Note that as m1 increases, Dng/Dg Estimated damage indices
increases. Finally, Table 5 presents the ratio Dng/Dg
Dng Dg Dng/Dg
estimated using the analytical expression (Eq. (9))
suggested by Winterstein [23]. Interestingly, these esti-
Dng Dg Present study Winterstein [23]
mated ratios are closer to those predicted by the pre-
sent study. Trapezoidal roong
S50 0.25 0.14 1.78 1.91
S64 0.063 0.05 1.26 1.27
4. Conclusions Ribbed roong
S50 1.05 0.67 1.57 1.51
S64 0.33 0.27 1.20 1.17
This paper presents an analytical approach for the
K. Suresh Kumar / Computers and Structures 75 (2000) 3144 43

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