Internal pressures in a low-rise full-scale building

J. D. Ginger, K. C. Mehta, B. B. Yeatts

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Theoretical analysis, numerical simulation and full-scale measurements were carried out to investigate internal pressures at the WERFL low-rise full-scale test building at Texas Tech. The mean and fluctuating internal pressure coefficients are small in the nominally sealed building; and increase with increasing windward/leeward open-area ratio. The effects of building flexibility on the internal pressure fluctuations are accounted for, in this study. Internal pressure fluctuations above a characteristic frequency are attenuated in the nominally sealed building. The internal pressure energy is increased close to the Helmholtz frequency, in the building with a single-dominant opening.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-174
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - 1997


  • Building pressures
  • Field measurements
  • Internal pressure
  • Wind loads
  • Wind pressures


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