Parapet effects on full-scale wind-induced pressures

Russell R. Carter, Douglas A. Smith

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Parapet walls around the perimeter of a building affect the wind-induced pressures on the walls and roof surfaces of the building. Full-scale testing on the Texas Tech University's (TTU) Wind Engineering Field Laboratory (WERFL) test building with and without a parapet around the entire building perimeter was performed to provide a holistic view of the effects to the pressures of the building surfaces by the parapet. The 204 pressure taps of the WERFL building provide the capability to observe the pressures on the building surface and parapet with a high degree of detail so that the windward wall, roof, and leeward wall pressures are correlated. The use of aerodynamic symmetry provides a full data set so that comparisons can be made and uncertainties can be accounted. The building centerline reflected summary pressure coefficients for the building with and without a parapet are presented.

Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 2009
Event11th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: Jun 22 2009Jun 26 2009


Conference11th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering
Country/TerritoryPuerto Rico
CitySan Juan


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