R&D&I services in wind engineering and indoor air quality

Wind tunnel testing is a reliable tool to determine the effect of wind loads on engineered structures such as buildings, bridges, tunnels, towers, roofs, cables, chimneys, trestlework, vehicles and others. This application is directly related to situations which require highly accurate and reliable information or cases in which knowledge about wind loads involves conditions that lie outside the scope of technical standards such as the NBR 6123:1998 standard.

Wind Tunnel tests on scale models are important to:
  • Increase the reliability and effectiveness of a building and reduce the costs of structural projects.
  • Enable the evaluation of the influence of other buildings and roofs close to the structure under analysis. At this point, it should be noted that buildings in large metropolitan environments are normally located in highly built up areas.
  • Allow for a more efficient study of the ventilation of indoor environments, thus optimizing the distribution of spaces for greater comfort.
  • Evaluation of indoor air quality with respect to the dispersion of contaminants and pollutants.
New wind tunnel testing methods can also be developed and applied to address specific demands from other areas, e.g., the oil and gas industry, using models to investigate experimentally the effect of winds on oil platforms.

To satisfy these and other requirements, IPT owns and operates an Atmospheric Limit Layer Wind Tunnel, which can perform trials reproducing the different flow conditions close to the surface and aims to ensure the reliability of equipment, structures and components subjected to wind loads.

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