Due to the combined effect of the background wind, the translation of the downburst and the radial nature of the downdraft after the touchdown, a peculiar characteristic of a thunderstorm outflow as detected by an anemometer or experienced by a structure is the potential variation of the flow direction. The study of the wind-excited response of structures has habitually neglected this issue because, dealing traditionally with synoptic events, their direction is endowed with a regular pattern. This paper proposes two families of methods to take into account directional changes in the evaluation of the wind-excited response of structures. The first one generalizes the method usually applied to downbursts, which by its nature implicitly assumes a non-directional response. The second one is based on a new directional decomposition strategy of the wind speed that represents a generalization to thunderstorm outflows of what is historically done for synoptic events. The conceptual aspects involved in and the results provided by these methods are critically discussed and compared both to each other and with regard to the traditional non25 directional structural analysis of thunderstorm outflows.
|Titolo:||Directional response of structures to thunderstorm outflows|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 - Articolo su rivista|