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On the Aeroelastic Indifference of Brancusi s Endless Column



Rene D. Gabbai


Brancusi s Endless Column (T rgu-Jiu, Romania) is an interesting case study in bluff body aeroelasticity. It has been referred to as aeroelastically indifferent owing to its remarkable aeroelastic stability with respect to galloping. The column s behavior has been attributed to its unconventional shape According to calculations presented in this paper, the column s structural design , which provided for significant damping and mass, would assure its aeroelastic stability even if the column had a conventional and aeroelastically less favorable shape, i.e., if it were a circular cylinder (a shape that is unfavorable from the point of view of vortex-induced response) or a square cylinder (a shape unfavorable from the point of view of galloping).
Journal of Structural Engineering-Asce


building technology, endless column, galloping, vortex-induced vibration, wind engineering


Gabbai, R. (2017), On the Aeroelastic Indifference of Brancusi s Endless Column, Journal of Structural Engineering-Asce (Accessed May 30, 2024)


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Created February 19, 2017