Wind load fluctuations on roof batten to rafter/truss connections

Parackal, Korah, Ginger, John, and Henderson, David J. (2018) Wind load fluctuations on roof batten to rafter/truss connections. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 175. pp. 193-201.

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Batten to rafter connections in light framed housing can be vulnerable to progressive or cascading failures where a localised failure can cause the loss of a large section of the roof envelope. The synchrony of loads at neighbouring connections may affect the initiation of such failures. A 1/50 length scale wind tunnel model study was performed on a gable roof house to record spatial and temporal pressure fluctuations on the roof surface and data were studied to determine the flow separation mechanisms causing different loading patterns on batten to rafter connections. The cross correlation between load time histories was used to give a measure of synchrony between loads experienced at neighbouring connections and indicate the direction that fluctuations move across the roof. Orthogonal wind directions result in 2-dimensional flow separation that produce more synchronous loads at batten to rafter connections than cornering wind directions, where conical vortices produce high uplift forces on connections. The patterns of loading and their correlations give a means of identifying which parts of the roof and which approach wind directions may result in the initiation of a progressive failure of batten to rafter connections.

Item ID: 52853
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1872-8197
Keywords: wind tunnel study, light framed structures, low-rise buildings, correlation of loads, progressive failures
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This publication has arisen from the following PhD thesis: Parackal, Korah Ipeson (2018) The structural response and progressive failure of batten to rafter connections under wind loads. PhD thesis, James Cook University, which is available Open Access in ResearchOnline@JCU. Please see the Related URLs for access.

Funders: Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC)
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2018 23:59
FoR Codes: 40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400510 Structural engineering @ 100%
SEO Codes: 87 CONSTRUCTION > 8702 Construction Design > 870204 Residential Construction Design @ 100%
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