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Wind-Induced Response Characteristics of a Tall Building from GPS and Accelerometer Measurements

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Author(s): Cuilin Kuang | Kenny Chung Sau Kwok | Peter Andrew Hitchcock | Xiaoli Ding

Journal: Positioning
ISSN 2150-850X

Volume: 02;
Issue: 01;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: GPS Measurements | Acceleration | Wind-induced Response | Tall Building

ABSTRACT
The main objectives of the research are to characterize the wind-induced resonant and slowly-varying (quasi-static) responses of a tall building under ambient wind excitations based on GPS measurements. The equipment used includes two sets of orthogonally aligned accelerometers, two GPS receivers and an ultrasonic anemometer. The natural frequencies of the wind-induced vibration of the tall building are determined by carrying out spectral analysis of the measured time series of acceleration. The time series are also used to estimate the structural damping with the random decrement technique (RDT). The results show that GPS can be effectively used to measure the resonant and slowly-varying responses of tall buildings with 3D mode shapes under wind excitations. The results from the GPS and the accelerometers agree well with each other in both the time and frequency domains.
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