The physical simulation of a transient, downburst-like event – how complex does it need to be?

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There has been much debate of late regarding the physical simulation of downbursts and, in particular, the need to construct large-scale, relatively expensive facilities in order to obtain wind loading data. For the first time, this paper illustrates that, through the use of partial turbulence simulations and quasi-steady analysis, it is possible to capture the both the loading due to the large-scale features present in downburst flows and the local peaks due to smaller scales of turbulence. These findings have considerable implications for future analysis of transient winds.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-150
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics
Early online date4 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019