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Reference Desk
  • Buildings Aerodynamics

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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 fluid dynamics.

  3. 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.

  4. 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).

  5. MacDonald, AJ. Wind Loading on Buildings. Applied Science Publ., London, 1975.
    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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