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An Analytical Framework for the Investigation of Tropical Cyclone Wind Characteristics over Different Measurement Conditions

College of Civil and Transportation Engineering, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China
Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Durability for Marine Civil Engineering, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China
Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY 14203, USA
School of Civil Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083, China
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Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(24), 5385;
Received: 1 November 2019 / Revised: 5 December 2019 / Accepted: 6 December 2019 / Published: 9 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Buildings and Structures under Extreme Loads)
Wind characteristics (e.g., mean wind speed, gust factor, turbulence intensity and integral scale, etc.) are quite scattered in different measurement conditions, especially during typhoon and/or hurricane processes, which results in the structural engineer ambiguously determining the wind parameters in wind-resistant design of buildings and structures in cyclone-prone regions. In tropical cyclones (including typhoons and hurricanes), the inconsistent wind characteristics may be in part ascribed to the complex flow structure with the coexistence of both mechanical and convective turbulence in the boundary layer of tropical cyclones. Another significant contribution to the scattered wind characteristics is due to various measurement conditions (e.g., terrain exposure and height) and data processing schemes (e.g., averaging time). The removal of the inconsistency in the field-measurement system may offer a more rational comparison of measured wind data from various observation platforms, and hence facilitates a better identification scheme of the wind characteristics to guide the urban planning design and wind-resistant design of buildings and structures. In this study, an analytical framework was firstly proposed to eliminate the potential observation-related effects in wind characteristics and then the wind characteristics of seven field measured tropical cyclones (four typhoons and three hurricanes) were comparatively investigated. Specifically, field measurements of wind characteristics were converted to a standard reference station with a roughness length of 0.03 m, observation duration of 10 min for mean wind and averaging time of 3 s for gusty wind at a 10 m height. The differences of the measured wind characteristics between the typhoons and hurricanes were highlighted. The standardized turbulent wind characteristics under the analytical framework for typhoons and hurricanes were compared with the corresponding recommendations in standard of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE 7-10) and Architectural Institute of Japan Recommendations for Loads on Buildings (AIJ-RLB-2004). View Full-Text
Keywords: wind characteristics; boundary layer; typhoon; hurricane; field measurement wind characteristics; boundary layer; typhoon; hurricane; field measurement
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Li, L.; Zhou, Y.; Wang, H.; Zhou, H.; He, X.; Wu, T. An Analytical Framework for the Investigation of Tropical Cyclone Wind Characteristics over Different Measurement Conditions. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 5385.

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