Ground systems are large buildings, suspension bridges, towers, wind turbines. For
the latter case, especially, there are only a handful books. Most of the technical
material is currently available in the form of conference proceedings of workshop
notes. You are welcome to ask for more
- Spera AD. (editor), Wind Turbine Technology, ASME Press, 1994.
Review: the book treats several aspects of wind energy systems. Among
other things, there are chapters on aerodynamics and acoustics.
- Hansen MOL. Aerodynamics of Wind Turbines, James and James
Science Publ. 2000 (ISBN 1-902916-06-9)
Review: this is a book almost entirely devoted to aerodynamics
and structural interaction, with detailed description of loads and
moments. There are sections devoted to airfoil theory, rotational
effects, dynamic stall, rotor optimization, and computational
- Larsen A, Esdahl S (ed.). Bridge Aerodynamics, Ramelka, Rotterdam 1998.
Review: This is a conference proceedings summarizing the state-of-the-art
in bridge analysis, simulation, and computational methods. Includes related
problems such as aerodynamic damping and aeroelasticity.
- Simiu, E and Scanlan, RH. Wind Effects on Structures: Fundamentals and
Applications to Design, Wiley-Interscience, 1996 (third edition).
Review: This book has three sections, a introductory part regarding
atmosphere and extreme wind conditions, a section of unsteady and
bluff-body aerodynamics, and a design/application section, with
reference to some engineering practice. I think this book is
quite useful, with plenty of aerodynamic data on some typical
geometries (not found elsewhere).
- MacDonald, AJ. Wind Loading on Buildings. Applied Science Publ.,
Review: Less important than the above text (Simiu-Scanlan), but
still quite useful reference regarding the dynamics of structures,
and the dynamic effects on building (including buffetting, vortex
eccitation and gallopping instability). In chapter 3 it contains
plenty of aerodynamic data for bluff bodies and buildings
(wind pressures on buildings).
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