Development of a wind engineering field laboratory to characterize transient winds

Justin Nevill, Franklin T. Lombardo

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Abstract

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has established the Smart Wind Engineering Research Facility (SWERF) to address the demonstrated need for a full-scale wind engineering facility. Through stationary and mobile initiatives SWERF will aim to provide observation of tornadoes and thunderstorm winds, full-scale structural and aerodynamic testing, and validation for wind-tunnel and numerical simulations. This report provides an overview of the facility and results of a preliminary data collection period. The facility overview includes site characteristics, infrastructure, and instrumentation. Preliminary results include site wind climate characterization and description of three thunderstorm events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Event2017 13th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering, ACWE 2017 - Gainesville, United States
Duration: May 21 2017May 24 2017

Other

Other2017 13th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering, ACWE 2017
CountryUnited States
CityGainesville
Period5/21/175/24/17

Keywords

  • Downburst
  • Full-scale
  • Thunderstorm
  • Tornado
  • Validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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    Nevill, J., & Lombardo, F. T. (2017). Development of a wind engineering field laboratory to characterize transient winds. Paper presented at 2017 13th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering, ACWE 2017, Gainesville, United States.