Investigations of plate-type windborne debris - Part II: Computed trajectories

J. D. Holmes, Chris W. Letchford, Ning Lin

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In Part I, trajectories of plates, carried by strong winds, were studied experimentally by wind-tunnel and full-scale tests. The application is to windborne debris occurring in severe windstorms such as hurricanes. In this paper (Part II), a numerical model of square plate trajectories is described and compared with experimental data from Tachikawa, and that described in Part I. Generally, good to excellent agreement is found; lift forces induced by the Magnus effect were found to be significant in determining trajectories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-39
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Mechanical Engineering


  • Debris
  • Hurricane
  • Plate
  • Wind loads


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