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Peak Non-Gaussian Wind Effects for Data Base-Assisted Low-Rise Building Design



Fahim Sadek, Emil Simiu


Current procedures for estimating the peaks of the stochastic response of tall buildings to wind are based on the assumption that the response is Gaussian. Those procedures are therefore inapplicable to low-rise buildings, in which time histories of wind-induced internal forces have generally non-Gaussian. In this paper an automated procedure is developed for obtaining from such time histories sample statistics of internal force peaks for low-rise building design and codification. The procedure is designed for use in software for calculating internal force time series by the database-assisted design approach. A preliminary step in the development of the procedure is the identification of the appropriate marginal probability distribution of the time series using the probability plot correlation coefficient method. The result obtained is that the gamma distribution and a normal distribution are appropriate for estimating the peaks corresponding, respectively, to the longer and shorter tail of the time series histograms. The distribution of the peaks is then estimated by using the standard translation processes approach. It is found that the peak distribution can be represented by the Extreme Value Type I (Gumbel) distribution. Because estimates obtained from this approach are based on the entire information contained in the time series, they are more stable than estimates based on observed peaks. The procedure can be used to establish minimum acceptable requirements with respect to the duration and sampling rate of the time series of interest, so that the software used for database-assisted design be both efficient and accurate.
Journal of Engineering Mechanics-ASCE
No. 5


building codes, building technology, database-assisted design, low-rise buildings, non-Gaussian procedures, probability distributions, stochastic procedure, structural reliability, wind loads


Sadek, F. and Simiu, E. (2002), Peak Non-Gaussian Wind Effects for Data Base-Assisted Low-Rise Building Design, Journal of Engineering Mechanics-ASCE, [online], (Accessed May 30, 2024)


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Created May 1, 2002, Updated February 19, 2017