This chapter considers the trajectories of compact, rod-type and plate-type windborne debris in horizontal winds, using a combination of experimental and numerical studies. These studies indicate that the ratio of horizontal debris speed to wind gust speed is primarily a function of the horizontal distance traveled by the debris. Empirical expressions to approximate the horizontal speed of these debris as a function of travel distance and time, are developed, and may be used to establish rational debris impact criteria.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Engineering
- Horizontal wind
- Impact criteria