Characteristics of turbulent wind load of tapered super-tall building

Bo Li, Qingshan Yang, Yuji Tian, Xinzhong Chen

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High frequency pressure integration tests were carried out in a wind tunnel to investigate turbulent wind load characteristics of the tapered super-tall buildings using rigid models. Test results show that a tapered super-tall building spread the vortex-shedding over a broad range of frequencies and make them more effective in reducing vortex-induced vibration in across-wind direction. With the increase of taper ratio, the power spectra of the root mean square lift coefficient decreases, power spectra band width of the lift coefficient increases, but drag and torsion coefficient almost keep the same. Moreover, lift correlation and correlation between lift and torsion of the tapered super-tall buildings seem to decrease, and coherence coefficient increase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-16
Number of pages9
JournalJianzhu Jiegou Xuebao/Journal of Building Structures
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Correlation
  • Power spectra
  • Super-tall building
  • Tapered
  • Wind load
  • Wind tunnel test


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