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IStructE - Design of Slender Towers

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Queen's Building

University of Bristol

Avon

BS8 1TH

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With increasing land values in major cities engineers are challenged to design slender buildings with a range of planning and design issues. This presentation will use the 432 Park Avenue tower in New York as a case example to highlight some of the challenges and innovative approaches in the design of such structures. Traditional structural and wind engineering principals alone are not always sufficient to achieve the desired wind performance targets on such buildings, particularly in terms of motion comfort (acceleration) and drift. Many such slender towers feature aerodynamic or innovative damping solutions (fun fact: only 4 buildings in NY featured dampers prior to 2006, with 27 buildings incorporating dampers since then).

Ender Ozkan has been involved in the wind engineering aspects of many towers in the UK and abroad, and will describe some of the challenges associated with dynamic wind effects on such structures. The presentation will close with an interactive question-and-answer session.

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