Velocity and turbulence intensity profiles in TopoWind and EC1


Calibrating a CFD canopy model with the EC1 vertical profiles of mean wind speed and turbulence

For some projects, applying the basic rules of EC1 is not sufficient, and it is required to get a more accurate estimation of the wind speed on the construction site. This can be done by using computational fluid dynamics codes which have the advantage, both to take into account the terrain inhomogeneity and to calculate 3D orographic effects.

In this way, the orography and roughness effects are coupled as they are in the real world. However, applying CFD computations must be in coherence with EC1 code. Then it is necessary to calibrate the ground friction for low roughness terrains as well as the drag force and turbulence production in case of high roughness lengths due to the presence of a canopy (forests or built areas). That is the condition for such methods to be commonly used and agreed by Building Control Officers.

In this mind, TopoWind has been developed especially for wind design applications and can be a very useful, practical and objective service for wind design engineers. The canopy model implemented in TopoWind has been calibrated in order to get the mean wind and turbulence profiles as defined in the EC1 for standard terrains. In this way, TopoWind computations satisfy the continuity between the EC1 values for homogeneous terrains and the more complex cases involving inhomogeneous roughness or orographic effects.

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