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Chapter 8

Field Measurements of Tall Buildings in High Winds

Y.L. Xu1 and J. Chen2

1Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
2Department of Building Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Full Bibliographic Reference for this chapter
Y.L. Xu, J. Chen, "Field Measurements of Tall Buildings in High Winds", in J.W. Bull, (Editor), "Tall Buildings: Design Advances for Construction", Saxe-Coburg Publications, Stirlingshire, UK, Chapter 8, pp 211-237, 2014. doi:10.4203/csets.33.8
Keywords: field measurement, tall building, high wind, identification, human comfort.

The emergence of a growing number of tall buildings, often with unusual shapes and innovative structures, has led to the realization of the need for and importance of field measurements. A better understanding of the real behaviour of tall buildings can be gained and the numerical procedure and wind tunnel test results used in the design can be verified through field measurements. This chapter aims to provide an overview of concepts and methodologies involved in the field measurement of tall buildings in high winds. By taking field measurements of the Di Wang Tower during Typhoon York as an example, instrumentation, characteristics of high winds over complex terrain, identification of dynamic characteristics of tall buildings, wind-induced building response and human comfort are discussed.

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