windPRESSURE - DAD Software for Rigid, Gable-Roofed Buildings
|windPRESSURE - MATLAB-based Database-Assisted Design (DAD) for rigid, gable-roofed buildings||
This is the download page for windPRESSURE, a
MATLAB-based Database-Assisted Design (DAD) software package
for rigid, gable-roofed buildings.
The software, which incorporates a user-friendly graphical interface, uses pressure time series measured in the wind tunnel in conjunction with structural influence coefficients to compute peak values of the structural responses of interest (e.g., shear forces, bending moments, and displacements at various locations).
|Pressure Databases||The software reads pressure databases in standard HDF format, and sample HDF pressure databases are available for download below. The software incorporates an interpolation scheme to accommodate cases in which the dimensions of the building of interest do not match the dimensions of an available wind tunnel model.|
|Influence Coefficients||Influence coefficients for the responses of interest are not computed by the windPRESSURE software, but they must be provided to the software in a spreadsheet-format building input file. Influence coefficients can be evaluated using standard structural analysis software, and sample building input files containing influence coefficients are available for download at the link below.|
|Directional Extreme Wind Speed Data||The windPRESSURE software also allows directional extreme wind speed data to be used in conjunction with the measured pressures to compute peak responses corresponding to specified Mean Recurrence Intervals, and simulated hurricane wind speed data for this purpose is available for download below.|
|Downloading Software and Sample Datasets|
|Create a Folder for All Files||It is recommended that users create a single folder named 'windPRESSURE' on their local hard drive in which to save all downloaded files and folders.|
|Requires Version 7 of MATLAB Software||
The windPRESSURE software was developed and tested in
the Microsoft Windows environment using version 7 of MATLAB.
It is believed that the MATLAB m-files can be ported to
non-Windows (e.g., Linux/Unix) environments with minimal
changes. However, the software will not run under version 6
of MATLAB since it makes use of features that were introduced
in version 7.
If you do not have version 7 of MATLAB and you are running in the Windows 2000/XP environment, you can download and run the "stand-alone" file below. This contains a "compiled" version of the software.
In order to avoid individually downloading a large number
of files, we have provided the files in archive format
(i.e., only a single file has to be downloaded). Given
that users may be running on different platforms and that
some users may have firewalls that block the downloading
of certain types of files, we have provided several
alternatives for downloading.
Specifically, the following options are available:
|Files Available for Download||
You can download the following files for the
This software was developed by
Joseph A. Main of the Building and Fire Research
A separate download page is also available for DAD software for flexible, high-rise buildings, developed by William P. Fritz.