# The ASCE 7 Provisions

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The ASCE 7 Provisions

CE 694R

Fall 2007

T. Bart Quimby, P.E., Ph.D.

Quimby & Associates

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Permitted Design Methods

Method 1

Simplified Procedure

(ASCE 7
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Low rise buildings. This is an outgrowth of work done
for/by the metal building industry.

Method 2

Analytical Procedure

(ASCE 7
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The typically used procedure. This is the main focus of
this presentation.

Method 3

Wind Tunnel Procedure

(ASCE 7
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See ASCE 7
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Important Definitions

Basic Wind Speed

Building open, enclosed, partially enclosed

Low
-
Rise Building

See ASCE 7
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Exposure Categories

Exposure A

Deleted in ASCE 7
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02 and later

Extremely sheltered. Large city centers with tall buildings.

Exposure B

Urban and suburban areas, wooded areas, areas with many
closely spaced obstructions.

Exposure C

Open terrain with scatter obstructions. Airports, areas that
are generally flat open country.

Exposure D

Flat, unobstructed areas and water surfaces outside
hurricane prone regions. This category includes smooth mud
flats, salt flats, and unbroken ice that extend 5,000 ft or 20
times the building height in the upwind direction.

See ASCE 7
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Determining Exposure

Wind Direction & Sectors (ASCE 7
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6.5.6.1)

the exposure of the building or structure shall
be determined for the two upwind sectors
extending 45
o

either side of the selected wind
direction.

the exposure resulting in the highest wind
loads shall be used to represent the winds
from that direction.

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ASCE 7
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The basic form of the pressure equation:

p = qGC

Where

p = a wind pressure on a surface

q = velocity pressure. This is the pressure due to a moving
fluid on a flat plate

G = gust factor. The gust factor accounts for dynamic
interaction between the flowing air and the structure

C = pressure coefficient. The pressure coefficient accounts
for varying pressure across a surface.

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Velocity Pressure, q

q
z

=Velocity Pressure = 0
.
00256
K
z
K
zt

K
d
V
2

I
(lb/ft
2
)

Constant 0.00256

V = Basic wind speed in mph

I = Importance Factor (i.e. different MRI)

K
z

= Exposure Coefficient

K
zt

= Topographical Factor

K
d

= Wind Directionality Factor

Evaluated at an elevation z:

q
z

= 0.00256V
2
IK
z
K
zt
K
d

Evaluated at the building mean roof elevation, h:

q
h

= 0.00256V
2
I K
h
K
ht
K
d

See ASCE 7
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The Velocity Coefficient

Based on the average density of air at sea level.

P

1
2

V
2

1
2
[
0
.
0765
32
.
2
]
[
5280
3600
]
2
V
2

0
.
00256
V
2
See ASCE 7
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Basic Wind Speed, V

Obtained from Wind Speed maps in ASCE 7
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1.

Determined by localized research using
approved probabilistic methods.

“The basic wind speed shall be increased
where records or experience indicate that the
wind speeds are higher than those reflected
in Fig. 6
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1.” (ASCE 7
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See ASCE 7
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The Importance Factor, I

Category I: I = .87

MRI is 25 years

Category II: I = 1.00

MRI is 50 years

Category III & IV: I = 1.15

MRI is 100 years

Building Categories are listed in ASCE 7
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Table 1
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1.

See ASCE 7
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1 and Commentary 6.5.5

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Velocity Pressure Exposure
Coefficients, K
z

and K
h

Modifies basic wind pressure for heights
other than 33 ft and exposures other than
exposure C.

Can compute K directly from equations in the
commentary for any height and/or exposure.

programming.

For elevations less than 15 ft, use K
15
.

For elevations above gradient height use K
g
.

See ASCE 7
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2 and 6
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3, and C6.5.6.6

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K
z

& K
h

Computation

K
z
= 2.01(z/z
g
)
2/a
K Computation
0.00
0.50
1.00
1.50
2.00
2.50
0
500
1000
1500
2000
Elevation, z (ft)
K
Exposure B
Exposure C
Exposure D
When z > z
g

use z = z
g

When z < 15 use z = 15 ft

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Topographical Factor, K
zt

K
zt

= 1.0 when:

H/L
h

< 0.2, or

H < 15' for Exposures C & D,
or

H < 60' for Exposure B.

K
zt

= (1+K
1
K
2
K
3
)
2

See ASCE 7
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K
zt

Constants

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K
zt

Multipliers by Equation

See ASCE 7
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Directionality Factor, K
d

This factor shall only be
applied when used in
combinations specified
in Sections 2.3 and 2.4.

changed when the
directionality factor was
extracted.

See ASCE 7
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Table 6
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The Gust Factor, G

Factor accounting for:

Gustiness and turbulence

Gust frequency

Gust size

Integral scale longitudinal and lateral

Frequency of structure

Structural damping

Gust correlation

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Gust Factor, G

For stiff buildings and stiff structures

G = 0.85

For flexible buildings and other structures

Calculate “by a rational analysis that
incorporates the dynamic properties of the
main wind
-
force resisting system.”

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See ASCE 7
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Pressure Coefficients, C

The pressure coefficients are based on

The enclosure category of the structure

The location on a structure for which a pressure is to
be computed.

The pressure coefficients have been determined
experimentally from wind tunnel studies done on
regular shaped structures

The coefficient represents the ratio between measured
pressure and the computed basic velocity pressure.

C

P
measured
1
2

V
2
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Enclosure Classifications

A building is to be classified as one of the following:

Open

A
o

>

0.8A
g

for each wall

Partially Enclosed

A
o

> 1.10 A
oi
, and

A
o

> min[4 sqft , 0.01A
g
], and

A
oi
/A
gi

<

0.20

Enclosed

A building that is neither open nor partially enclosed.

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See ASCE 7
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Location of Pressure

ASCE 7 provides means for computing forces on
various surfaces.

The building envelope surfaces experience pressure
on both sides (i.e. external and internal).

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Internal Pressure Coefficients, GC
pi

Internal pressure is fairly easy because the air is
relatively stagnant and the shape of the structure
does not affect it’s magnitude.

As gusting is not a concern internally, the gust factor
and the pressure coefficient are combined.

GC
pi

The magnitude of the internal pressure coefficient is
strictly dependent on the enclosure classification.

The pressure can be both positive or negative (i.e.
suction) depending on the direction of the wind
relative to opening for partially enclosed or enclosed
buildings.

Both internal pressures must be considered.

See ASCE 7
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Internal Pressure

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External Pressure Coefficients, C
p

As external surfaces are subject to “flowing” air, the
pressure varies considerably on the building surface
depending on structural configuration and direction of
the wind.

Coefficients also depend on whether the resulting
forces are to be used to design/analyze:

Main Wind
-
Force Resisting Systems

Structural elements that support large areas exposed
to the wind

Structural elements that support small areas exposed
to the wind

See ASCE 7
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6, 6
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7, and 6
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Buildings with Roofs Consisting of
Flat Surfaces

ASCE 7
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coefficients of wall and roof surfaces.

See ASCE 7
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Buildings with Roofs Consisting of
Flat Surfaces

Wall C
p

Wall pressure depends on whether the wall is

Windward

Same regardless of building plan dimensions

Leeward

Dependant on building plan dimensions

Side

Same regardless of building plan dimensions

See ASCE 7
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Buildings with Roofs Consisting of
Flat Surfaces

Roof C
p

Dependent on direction of wind relative to
ridge

Coefficients are given for various conditions.
Interpolation is used to find values of
conditions between those given.

See ASCE 7
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Wind Normal to Ridge

Wind NORMAL to ridge

Values given for different
building height to length
ratios and roof slope
angles.

Windward roof surfaces

Can be both positive
and negative on some
slopes. Both need
consideration as

Leeward roof surfaces

All negative.

See ASCE 7
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Wind Parallel to Ridge

Parallel to ridge,
flat or nearly flat

Two different
h/L ranges,
both with
stepped
pressures.

Interpolate
between
ranges

See ASCE 7
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Domed Roofs

Pressure distributions are fairly complex.

Two load cases to be considered.

See ASCE 7
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Arched Roofs

Pressure coefficient depends on rate of rise
of the arch.

Pressure varies by along the arch.

See ASCE 7
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Elements of the structure that support local
peak loads need to be designed for these
pressures.

The magnitude of the force is dependent on
the wind area tributary to the component

The smaller the tributary area of a component
the more likely to see relatively high pressures
on their tributary areas.

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Some Local Effects

Wind
around a
corner

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Image from FEMA Multi
Hazard Seminar

Wind at a Corner

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Image from FEMA Multi
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Uplift on Roof

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Images from FEMA Multi
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Wall Components

For buildings
under 60 ft

See ASCE
7
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6
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17 for
building
greater than
60 ft tall.

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See ASCE 7
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Roof Components

Lots of different roof types with different
requirements.

Gable Roofs of various angles

Gable/Hip Roofs

Stepped Roofs

Multispan Gable Roofs

Monoslope Roofs

Sawtooth Roofs

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Typical
Roof
Chart

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Finding Net Pressure

The net pressure is the vector sum of the
internal and external pressures.

Typical form:

p = qGC
p

q
i
(GC
pi
)

Note the sign… positive pressure externally
opposes positive pressure internally (i.e. they
act in opposite directions).

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See ASCE 7
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Sample Problem

V = 120 mph

Exposure C

Enclosed

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