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Investigation of plate-type windborne debris I. Experiments in full scale and wind tunnel


Ning, L and Letchford, CW and Holmes, JD, Investigation of plate-type windborne debris I. Experiments in full scale and wind tunnel, Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics, 94, (2) pp. 51-76. ISSN 0167-6105 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jweia.2005.12.005


Modeling of the trajectory of windborne debris for incorporation in wind hazard risk assessment requires the knowledge of debris aerodynamics. On-going experiments to determine the flight characteristics of various types of debris are being carried out in the Texas Tech University (TTU) wind tunnel. This paper investigates the aerodynamic characteristics of plate-type debris. Useful data are presented in dimensionless form. Empirical expressions for estimating the horizontal flight speed and distance are derived. Results from wind-tunnel experiments are in reasonable agreement with those from full-scale tests. These results can be used to validate numerical calculations of trajectories of plate-type windborne debris. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Fluid mechanics and thermal engineering
Research Field:Turbulent flows
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Construction planning
Objective Field:Civil construction planning
UTAS Author:Letchford, CW (Professor Chris Letchford)
ID Code:47416
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:51
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2007-09-15
Last Modified:2011-11-18

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