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Wind-induced shear and torsion in low-rise and medium-rise buildings: Provisions of National Building Code of Canada 2015

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Wind-induced shear and torsion in low-rise and medium-rise buildings: Provisions of National Building Code of Canada 2015

Nguyen, Thai Son, Stathopoulos, Ted and Tirca, Lucia (2018) Wind-induced shear and torsion in low-rise and medium-rise buildings: Provisions of National Building Code of Canada 2015. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (CJCE), 45 (5). pp. 339-350. ISSN 1208-6029

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1139/cjce-2017-0107

Abstract

This paper discusses the shear and torsion induced in low-rise and medium-rise buildings, according to wind load specifications provided in NBCC 2015. Results from experimental studies, carried out in wind tunnels were compared with corresponding NBCC 2015 provisions under different upstream roughness conditions. These comparisons demonstrated notable discrepancies for the case of torsion in low-rise buildings. Further, comparisons between the wind load specifications given in NBCC 2015 and ASCE/SEI 7-10 standard were carried out. Following both sets of provisions, wind-induced shear and torsion were computed and compared for five low-rise and medium-rise buildings with the same horizontal dimensions but different heights. Emphasis was directed towards the cases that create maximum shear forces and (or) maximum torsions to reflect critical design conditions. For low-rise buildings, the ASCE/SEI-7-10 and NBCC-2015 yield similar shear coefficients but quite different torsional coefficients; while for medium-rise buildings, clear agreement was found, for both shear and torsion. The diversity of the results is discussed and some suggestions for improvement of code provisions are made. A definition for medium-rise buildings was provided.

Divisions:Concordia University > Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science > Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Nguyen, Thai Son and Stathopoulos, Ted and Tirca, Lucia
Journal or Publication:Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (CJCE)
Date:3 January 2018
Funders:
  • Québec Fonds pour la Recherche sur la Nature et les Technologies (FQRNT)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1139/cjce-2017-0107
Keywords:wind loads, code provisions, shear, torsion, low-rise buildings, medium-rise buildings
ID Code:986080
Deposited By: THEODORE STATHOPOULOS
Deposited On:16 Jan 2020 19:48
Last Modified:16 Jan 2020 19:48
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