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Research project: Evaluation of Vortex Shedding of Slender Structures using LES Techniques (EPSRC/Arup)

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Vortex shedding is a critical design consideration for slender structures such as long-span bridges, high-rise buildings and tele-communication masts. It can create large responses at relatively low wind speeds, leading to serviceability and fatigue concerns.

Project Overview

Vortex shedding is a critical design consideration for slender structures such as long-span bridges, high-rise buildings and tele-communication masts. It can create large responses at relatively low wind speeds, leading to serviceability and fatigue concerns.

Since vortex shedding is highly sensitive to the precise shape of the object, there are no established codes or standards that provide adequate evaluation of vortex shedding risks.

The aim of this project is to develop a novel computational approach (based on Large Eddy Simulation, implemented in OpenFoam) that will be available for use by Arup on relevant bridge and building projects. It is anticipated that this tool will be used in early stages of a project to assess vortex shedding risks, which may be confirmed through wind tunnel testing at later stages

Figure shows typical instantaneous velocity vectors and contours of pressure fluctuation coeffcients around a tall building at half height. (a) at phase -90 deg. (b) at phase 0. (c) at phase 90 deg.

Vortex shedding

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