Wind loading and structural response
Lecture 19 Dr. J.D. Holmes
Tall buildings
• Very windsensitive in synoptic winds (including hurricanes)
• Stimulated development of boundarylayer wind tunnel
• Usually governed by serviceability response (peak accelerations and
deflections in top floors)
• Cladding pressures can be v. high especially at unusual corners and change
of cross section
• Resonant dynamic response for along and crosswind very significant (> 100
metres)
(‘Ruleofthumb’ first mode frequency : 46/h Hertz (h in metres) )
• Sometimes torsional response is significant depending on geometry and
structural system
Tall buildings
• Empire State Building  fullscale and windtunnel studies in 1930’s
Much stiffer in eastwest direction
Y
(NS)
X
(EW)
o
wind
A  Mean deflection (inches)
U
h
 Mean wind speed at 1250 feet in MPH (uncorrected)
1.0
0.5
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
Angle of attack  degrees
x
x
x
NS
E
W
x
10
U
3
2
x
h
A
Tall buildings
• Commerce Court building, Toronto, Canada  1970’s
Fullscale and windtunnel measurements of local cladding pressures and
overall building response (accelerations)
Studies of local pressure peaks and implications for glass design :
Acceleration measurements showed significance of torsional component (twist)
1/200 scale aeroelastic model showed good agreement with full scale
0 1 2 3 4 5 6
Time (minutes)
Wind
pressure
• World Trade Center – New York 19732001
Tall buildings
• First buildings to be tested in a turbulent
boundarylayer flow wind tunnel (mid 1960’s)
Tall buildings
• Flow around a tall building :
Tall buildings
• Pressure fluctuations on a tall building :
(movie by Shimizu Corporation, Tokyo, Japan)
Tall buildings
• Pressure fluctuations on a tall building :
(movie by Shimizu Corporation, Tokyo, Japan)
Tall buildings
• Cladding pressures :
Four values of pressure coefficients :
2
h a
0
p
U ρ
2
1
p p
C
÷
=
2
h a
0
p
U ρ
2
1
p pˆ
C
ˆ
÷
=
2
h a
0
p
U ρ
2
1
p p
C
÷
=
2
h a
2
Cp p
U ρ
2
1
p
σ C
'
= = '
Time
C
p
(t)
Cp
ˆ
Cp
Cp
'
Cp
Tall buildings
• Square cross section  height/width =2.1
0.8
0.6
0.4
0.2 0.2
0.0
0.2 0.2
0.4 0.4
1.8
1.6
1.4
1.2 1.0 1.0
p
C
p
C
ˆ
p
C
stagnation
point ~ 0.8h
minimum maximum
Windward wall :
Tall buildings
• Square cross section  height/width =2.1
mean C
p
’s :
0.6 to 0.8
largest minimum C
p
: 3.8
Side wall (wind from left) :
0.9
0.9
0.5
0.6
0.8
0.8
0.7
0.6
0.5
2.2
2.4
2.0
2.0
1.8
2.2
2.4
2.6
2.8
3.2
3.8
3.4
3.0
2.8
2.6
2.4
0.6
0.4
0.2
0.0
p
C
p
C
ˆ
p
C
Tall buildings
• Square cross section  height/width =2.1
mean C
p
’s :
0.35 to 0.45
largest minimum C
p
: 1.6
Leeward wall :
0.45 0.45
0.4
0.35
1.6
1.6
1.4 1.4
1.2
1.6 1.6
0.1
p
C
p
C
p
C
ˆ
Tall buildings
• Glass strength under wind loading
Glass strength is dependent on duration of loading :
Microscopic flaws on tension side grow at a rate dependent on local stress
  dt t s D
n
T
}
=
0
) (
Accumulated damage at constant temperature and humidity
(Brown’s integral) :
s(t) is stress; T is total time over which it acts; n is a high power (15 to 20)
Tall buildings
• Glass strength under wind loading
Under wind loading p(t) : assume s(t) = K[p(t)]
m/n
(nonlinear)
i.e. mth moment of probability density function of C
p
  dt t p E K D E
m
T
} ) ( { } {
0
}
=
p p Cp
m
p
dC C f C U KT D E ) ( ) ( } {
0
2
2
1
}
·
= µ
Tall buildings
• Glass strength under wind loading
Glass testing is usually carried out with a linearly increasing ‘ramp’ load :
damage produced by 1minute ramp load :
m) (1
60.p
K
60
t .
K D
m
max
m
60
0
max
+
=

.

\

=
}
dt
p
time
load
failure
p
max
p
max
is specified load in glass design charts
Tall buildings
• Glass strength under wind loading
C
k
is approximately equal to the peak pressure coefficient during the hour
of storm winds
C
k
= equivalent glass design pressure coefficient  gives pressure which
produces same damage in 1 hour of wind loading as that produced by a 1
minute ramp load
(
(
¸
(
¸

.

\

=
+

.

\

}
·
p p Cp
m
p
m
m
k
dC C f C
m
C
) ( U ρ
2
1
) 3600 ( K
) 1 (
U ρ
2
1
. . 60 K.
0
2
a
2
a
writing p
max
as C
k
. (1/2)µ
a
U
2
, where C
k
is an equivalent glass design
pressure coefficient, and equating damage in ramp load test to that in 1
hour (3600 sec.) of wind :
m
p p Cp
m
p k
dC C f C m C
/ 1
0
) ( ) 1 ( 60
(
¸
(
¸
+ =
}
·
Tall buildings
• Glass strength under debris impact
Glazing is vulnerable to damage and failure by roof gravel in the U.S.
ASCE7 (6.5.9.3) requires glazing above 18.3 m above ground level, and
over 9.2m above gravel source, to be protected
Gravel acts like a sphere or cube – will only go up if there is a vertical
wind velocity component
Crosswind vibrations are usually greater than
alongwind vibrations for buildings of heights greater than
100m (330 feet)
along wind
cross wind
Tall buildings
• Overall loading and dynamic response
Tall buildings
• Overall loading and dynamic response
along wind
Standard deviation of deflections at top of a tall building :
η
1
b n
U
ρ
ρ
A
h
σ
kx
1
h
b
a
x
x


.

\



.

\

=
η
1
b n
U
ρ
ρ
A
h
σ
ky
1
h
b
a
y
y


.

\



.

\

=
cross wind
A
x
and A
y
 depend on building shape
k
x
 2 to 2.5 k
y
 2.5 to 3.5 (crosswind)
µ
b
 average building density
n
1
 first mode frequency q  critical damping ratio
Tall buildings
• Overall loading and dynamic response
Standard deviation of deflections at top of a tall building :
Circular cross section :
10
1
5
2
10
0
5
2
10
 1
5
2 3 5 7 10 15
wind X
Y
x
cross wind
1000 x deflection
height
oy
h
ox
h
1
Tall buildings
• Overall loading and dynamic response
Deflections at top of a tall building :
Effect of cross section :
P
e
a
k
d
e
f
l
e
c
t
i
o
n
h
e
i
g
h
t
0
.001
.002
.003
.004
30 50 100 500 1000
Return period/years
D
i
r
e
c
t
i
o
n
o
f
m
o
t
i
o
n
Modification of corners are effective in reducing response
Tall buildings
• Torsional loading and response
Two mechanisms :
• applied moments from aerodynamic forces produced by nonuniform
pressure distributions or nonsymmetric crosssections
• structural eccentricity between elastic center and geometric center
(a 10% eccentricity on a square building: doubled mean twist and increased
dynamic twist by 4050%)
Tall buildings
• Torsional loading and response
Mean torque coefficient :
depends on ratio between minimum and maximum projected widths of
the cross section
0.2
0.1
0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.0
f =
2
max
min


.

\

b
b
Tall buildings
• Interference effects
Surrounding buildings can produce increases or decreases in peak wind
loads :
shows percentage change in peak crosswind response of building B, due to
a similar building A at position (X,Y)
10b 8b 6b 4b 2b 2b
b
Building B
Wind direction
(X,Y)
Building A
V
b
2b
3b
4b
0%
+30%
+20%
+10%
10%
+10%
+20%
X
Y
0%
20%
increases
increases
decreases
Tall buildings
• Damping
Damping is the mechanism for dissipation of vibration energy
Structural damping (Japanese buildings) :
0018 . 0 470 014 . 0
1 1
÷

.

\

+ ~
h
x
n
t
q
0029 . 0 400 013 . 0
1 1
+

.

\

+ ~
h
x
n
t
q
reinforced concrete
steel frame
n
1
= first mode natural frequency x
t
= amplitude of vibration
Tall buildings
• Damping
Auxiliary damping :
Viscoelastic damper :
used on World Trade Center buildings, New York
F/2 F/2
Steel flange
V.E. material
Centreplate
F
Tall buildings
• Damping
Auxiliary damping :
Tuned mass damper :
used on CityCorp building, New York (M
2
=400 ton of concrete)
K
C
M
K
C
M
y y
1
1
1
2
2
2
2 1
(t) (t)
Tall buildings
• Damping
Auxiliary damping :
Tuned liquid (sloshing) damper :
used on ShinYokohama hotel, Japan
h
2R
Tall buildings
• Damping
Auxiliary damping :
Tuned liquid column damper :
to be used on Eureka tower building, Melbourne, Australia (under construction)
X
X
Flow
A
Orifice
End of Lecture 19
John Holmes
2254053789 JHolmes@lsu.edu