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Integrated Platform for the Analysis and Design of Tall Buildings for Wind Loads

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The Romanian, as well as other wind design codes for building structures, provides with limited degree of accuracy, the aerodynamic loads distribution on buildings up to 200 meters tall in an equivalent static approach (ESWL). For tall wind-sensitive building structures, especially for those with irregular shapes, most of the codes or standards recommend for design to use pressure data recorded in the wind tunnel. The ESWL approach is however used as reference estimation and structural first phase design. Advances on experimental and computational capabilities, led in the past decade to a significant development of time-domain analysis framework, both for seismic and wind loads. While the major outcome for earthquake engineering practitioners is to select appropriate design input ground motions at a particular site, the wind engineering practitioners are facing numerical difficulties to handle large wind loading durations, especially dealing with nonlinear-induced effects.

The paper presents a real-time integrated framework for the analysis and design of tall buildings to wind loads, based on the time-domain analysis tool, as a prerequisite for higher level modules as vulnerability, risk and loss estimation, and optimization analyses.

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