Wind flows can directly impact on building performance, people's enjoyment of public spaces and the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. They are an important consideration in the building design process, requiring specialist input. This is where Wind Tunnel testing can help.
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The team at WSP Research covers all disciplines required for full-scale and model studies of wind and air flows, including, acoustics, instrumentation technology, aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, vibration and structural dynamics, and wind tunnel testing.
These services are highly valued for a wide range of applications, including:
Wind tunnel testing of buildings, structures and topography at model scale
Measuring the wind response of buildings and structures
Design of wind sensitive structures such as lighting poles, cantilever gantries etc.
Wind effects on building occupants, pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles
Determining design wind speeds, especially where the topography is complex
Full-scale testing of wind response of structures and components
Product design and evaluation involving aerodynamics/airflow
On-site wind speed measurements
Wind generated noise and vibrations
Wind-blown snow accumulation around buildings
New Zealand experiences an average wind speed of 5.5 meters per second (12.3 mph) across the year, with some regions experiencing gusts of up to 200 km/h (124 mph) during storm events.[No text in field]
New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric ResearchName