The design of main structural systems for tall
buildings are often governed by the wind loads acting on them.
Wind tunnel model testing provides accurate simulation of these
wind loads and is an invaluable tool in tall building structural
design and optimisation. Wind loads acting on tall buildings can
be determined using the high-frequency force balance technique,
simultaneous pressure integration or aeroelastic techniques (for
dynamically sensitive structures).
The same wind tunnel tests are used to determine wind-induced
accelerations that would typically occur every 1 to 5 years and
assess them with respect to international criteria. Representative
accelerations can be reproduced in WWTF’s motion simulator
for our Clients to experience firsthand the motions that will
be felt at the building’s higher floors.