Reliability assessment of a building complex with four long-span roof structures based on wind tunnel experiments

Mingfeng Huang, Gui Tang, Yi Qing Ni

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A building complex consisting of four identical long-span roof structures are tested in the wind tunnel to determine dynamic wind loads on structures. Based on the time-history data of spatially distributed wind pressure, wind-induced vibration analyses of the structures under varying incident wind attack angles have been carried out in time-domain. Then a novel framework for assessing dynamic wind resistance reliability has been proposed by integrating wind tunnel experiment, Monte Carlo simulation method, and the non-Gaussian wind pressure field simulation technique. The framework takes into account the uncertainties of design wind speed, wind directionality and structural damping ratio, as well as the randomness of Non-Gaussian wind pressure field. It has been demonstrated that the proposed framework is effective and efficient to comprehensively assess the wind-induced dynamic reliability of the long-span roof structure in the rectangular array. The annual failure probability of the long-span roof structure is obtained by considering the first passage reliability of displacement responses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1461-1475
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021


  • Monte-Carlo simulation
  • Non-Gaussian
  • Reliability assessment
  • Wind tunnel test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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