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Design Of An Experimental Arrangement To Study The Wind Loads On Transmission Towers Due To Downbursts

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/FSI030371

Volume

71

Pages

10

Published

2003

Size

962.98 kb

Author(s)

R. Hoxey, A. Robertson, N. Toy, G.A.R. Parke & P. Disney

Abstract

Design of an experimental arrangement to study the wind loads on transmission towers due to downbursts R. ~ o x e ~ ' , A. ~obertson', N. TO?, G.A.R. puke2 & P. ~isne? I Silsoe Research Institute, Silsoe, UK 2 School of Engineering, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK Abstract High intensity winds (HIW) are associated with severe wind loading patterns on transmission lines and tower failures. These HIWs namely tornadoes and downbursts, are often short-lived, highly energetic, flow fields that are difficult to reproduce for investigative procedures. However, this work outlines an experimental facility for studying the behaviour and characteristics of a downburst in both still air and a cross flow. It is shown that the downburst model produces the three stages of a typical downburst, that is, the contact, an outburst and a cushion stage. The growth of the ensuing ring vortex is captured and initial measurements shows that it expands faster in the radial sense than vertically. In addition to the

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