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Lifting Wing in Constructing Tall Buildings —Aerodynamic Testing
AbstractThis paper builds on previous research by the authors which determined the global state-of-the-art of constructing tall buildings by surveying the most active specialist tall building professionals around the globe. That research identified the effect of wind on tower cranes as a highly ranked, common critical issue in tall building construction. The research reported here presents a design for a “Lifting Wing,” a uniquely designed shroud which potentially allows the lifting of building materials by a tower crane in higher and more unstable wind conditions, thereby reducing delay on the programmed critical path of a tall building. Wind tunnel tests were undertaken to compare the aerodynamic performance of a scale model of a typical “brick-shaped” construction load (replicating a load profile most commonly lifted via a tower crane) against the aerodynamic performance of the scale model of the Lifting Wing in a range of wind conditions. The data indicate that the Lifting Wing improves the aerodynamic performance by a factor of up to 50%.
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Skelton, I.; Demian, P.; Glass, J.; Bouchlaghem, D.; Anumba, C. Lifting Wing in Constructing Tall Buildings —Aerodynamic Testing. Buildings 2014, 4, 245-265.View more citation formats
Skelton I, Demian P, Glass J, Bouchlaghem D, Anumba C. Lifting Wing in Constructing Tall Buildings —Aerodynamic Testing. Buildings. 2014; 4(2):245-265.Chicago/Turabian Style
Skelton, Ian; Demian, Peter; Glass, Jacqui; Bouchlaghem, Dino; Anumba, Chimay. 2014. "Lifting Wing in Constructing Tall Buildings —Aerodynamic Testing." Buildings 4, no. 2: 245-265.