Investigation of the atmospheric boundary layer characteristics on gust factor for the calculation of wind load

Farzin Ghanadi, Matthew Emes, Jeremy Yu, Maziar Arjomandi, Richard Kelso
Flow behavior inside a novel rotating fluidized bed for solar gasification of biomass Abstract. Dynamic amplification and gust effects from turbulence can increase wind loads significantly over and above the static wind loads that have been used for heliostat design. This paper presents the results of analyzing the relationship between gust factor and turbulence intensity within the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) based on the high fidelity measurements of wind velocity at the SLTEST facility
more » ... n the Utah desert. Results showed that there are distinct characteristics of a low roughness ABL that deviate from semi-empirical relationships derived for open country and urban terrains with larger surface roughness heights. The analysis also indicated that gust factor is increased by 2.4% when lowering the gust period from 3s to 1s in the low roughness field experiment ABL, compared to a 3.6% increase in a suburban terrain at a 10m height. Although 3s gust periods are recommended in AS/NZS 1170.2 [1], comparison of gust factor data with a 1s gust period is recommended particularly in high roughness ABLs such as in urban areas, to ensure that buildings are adequately designed to withstand higher frequency gusts. This research proved the strength of the correlation between gust factor and turbulence intensity is dependent on the surface roughness height of the terrain. It is recommended that the coefficient in the previous semi-empirical equation must be adjusted to be fitted to the low roughness desert terrain in the field experiment ABL.
doi:10.1063/1.4984496 fatcat:yhu7npynujcrle3nppvsmanrv4