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Wind Engineering: A Handbook for Structural Engineers by Henry Liu - University of Missouri—Columbia

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6Wind Tunnel Tests

6.1 Introduction

As can be seen from earlier chapters, there are many situations in which the design wind load or the response of flexible structures cannot be predicted with sufficient accuracy either to assure safety or to avoid using uneconomically large safety factors (ultraconservative designs). In such situations as well as in many other circumstances that will be discussed in this chapter, it may be desirable to conduct wind tunnel tests of structural models. The purpose of wind tunnel tests is to provide designers with information on local wind patterns, wind loads, and wind-induced structural vibration having an accuracy far exceeding that can be obtained from predictions based on other less expensive means such ...

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