Multiple Loading Effects on Wind-induced Static Performance of Super-large Cooling Towers
X. X. Cheng
Y. J. Ge
|Published in:||International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics, October 2013, n. 8, v. 13|
Currently, four grouped 177 m super-large cooling towers, i.e. column-supported hyperboloidal shells, are to be constructed in a typical electric power plant in Southeast China. To this end, simultaneous pressure measurements on 1:200 rigid tower models are carried out in an atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) wind tunnel, aimed at accurately obtaining the external/internal cladding wind loads on these shells. The wind-induced static behavior of the cooling towers is analyzed by applying the wind loads acquired via the pressure model tests, using both linear elastic and nonlinear elastic finite element (FE) analyses. The corresponding responses (structural deformation, internal force and local buckling state) are compared with those obtained by the traditional design approach, focused on the effects of internal suction and external pressure distribution. Besides, the tower group interference effects are studied by comparing the results computed of a freestanding tower, with those of the tower groups during two different construction stages. The main findings about the loading effects on the static performance of the super-large cooling towers are helpful for improving the current Chinese Codes that govern the design of super-large cooling towers.
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