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Wind Tunnel Test on Cable Dome of Geiger Type

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Zhi-hong Zhang, Yukio Tamura

Wind Engineering Research Center, Tokyo Polytechnic University, Atsugi city, Iiyama 243-0297, Japan

J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam 2(3), 218-224 (Jan 23, 2007) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2730848 History: Received March 21, 2006; Revised January 23, 2007

This paper presents preliminary results of an aeroelastic wind tunnel test on a cable dome. The structural design of the model is given in detail. Similarity requirements based on dimensional analysis are discussed, including Froude number, Cauchy number, and Scruton number. Structural tests are conducted on the aeroelastic model. Dynamic instability subject to harmonic excitation like a single-degree-of-freedom hardening system is verified. Both odd and even frequency components are excited when the shaking table shakes at 29Hz. For the one-degree-of-freedom Duffing model, even frequency components will be impossible due to the symmetry of the motion equation if symmetry-breaking bifurcation behaviors do not occur. Phase plane is checked and discussed when the shaking table shakes at 7Hz. A strange attractor appears to exist on the basis of the Poincare map. Some statistical results of wind tunnel tests are presented. The possibility of aeroelastic instability of the cable dome is discussed.

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Cable dome model

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Membrane cutting pattern

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Nodes and elements of a single frame

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Measurement points and instrumentation

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Scheme of a single frame

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Cable dome model on the shaking table

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Translational acceleration (z direction) at A2JD (1–40Hz): (a) time history; (b) power spectrum

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Vertical acceleration (y direction) at A2JD (74s-75s); (a) phase plane of E2JD, harmonic 7Hz; (b) Poincare section, E2JD, harmonic 7Hz; (c) Poincare section, E2JD, harmonic 7Hz; (d) power spectral density of the displacement, E2JD, harmonic 7Hz

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Phase plane and Poincare section at E2JD (z direction) and power spectral density of the displacement of E2JD (z direction)

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Statistical values of acceleration at A1JD and A2JD. (a) Mean value of acceleration at A1JD and A2JD. (b) Standard derivation of acceleration at A1JD and A2JD. (c) Maximum value of acceleration at A1JD and A2JD. (d) Minimum value of acceleration at A1JD and A2JD.

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