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Design of a 120 m high GFRP Landmark tower structure


Medium: conference paper
Language(s): en 
Conference: Challenges in Design and Construction of an Innovative and Sustainable Built Environment, 19th IABSE Congress Stockholm, 21-23 September 2016
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Page(s): 1339-1346
Year: 2016
Abstract: As an entrance gate to Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), at the new separated junction on the King Abdul Aziz Square, an architectural landmark structure has been designed with a record height of 120 m. The structure consists of two tall curved pylons at each side of the road that are connected at approximately 20 m from the top. The cross section has an airfoil shape and is designed as a stiffened shell structure. Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) is used as the main construction material. GFRP is a durable and sustainable construction material. Using GFRP the weight of the towers is minimised, saving substantial material and costs in the foundation. More importantly, using GFRP rather than steel, the maintenance of the structure is minimized, thus preventing hindrance of traffic. In this paper the reference design of the Landmark is described and choices that have been made in the design and the design method are explained.

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