Wind-Induced Response Characteristics of a Tall Building from GPS and Accelerometer Measurements
Cuilin Kuang, Kenny Chung Sau Kwok, Peter Andrew Hitchcock, Xiaoli Ding
DOI: 10.4236/pos.2011.21001   PDF    HTML   XML   8,439 Downloads   19,843 Views   Citations


The main objectives of the research are to characterize the wind-induced resonant and slowly-varying (quasi-static) responses of a tall building under ambient wind excitations based on GPS measurements. The equipment used includes two sets of orthogonally aligned accelerometers, two GPS receivers and an ultrasonic anemometer. The natural frequencies of the wind-induced vibration of the tall building are determined by carrying out spectral analysis of the measured time series of acceleration. The time series are also used to estimate the structural damping with the random decrement technique (RDT). The results show that GPS can be effectively used to measure the resonant and slowly-varying responses of tall buildings with 3D mode shapes under wind excitations. The results from the GPS and the accelerometers agree well with each other in both the time and frequency domains.

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C. Kuang, K. Kwok, P. Hitchcock and X. Ding, "Wind-Induced Response Characteristics of a Tall Building from GPS and Accelerometer Measurements," Positioning, Vol. 2 No. 1, 2011, pp. 1-13. doi: 10.4236/pos.2011.21001.

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