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Wind tests seal durability of Emaar's The Tower

With wind being a major challenge in the development of high-rises, especially at very high altitudes, the tests are crucial in defining the final height and design aspects

Emaar Properties had commissioned a comprehensive array of wind tunnel tests for The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour.
Emaar Properties had commissioned a comprehensive array of wind tunnel tests for The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour.

Global developer Emaar Properties announced the successful completion of advanced wind tunnel tests to confirm the structural strength and durability of the new tower in Dubai Creek Harbour.

This marks another milestone in the development of The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, designed by Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava, and located in the heart of the 6sqkm master-planned community set by the Dubai Creek and only 10 minutes from the Dubai International Airport.

Emaar Properties had commissioned a comprehensive array of wind tunnel tests for The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, which will feature observation decks, luxury accommodation and retail attractions.

With wind being a major challenge in the development of high-rises, especially at very high altitudes, these tests are crucial in defining the final height and design aspects.

The successful completion of the wind tunnel tests as well as a comprehensive range of seismic and local climate studies lends further momentum to The Tower’s development to the highest standards of quality and safety.

Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties, said: “An ambitious project on a never-before scale and design, The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour demands high-precision engineering across all its facets. As a significant value addition to Dubai Creek Harbour, the tower is billed to attract visitors from across the world, and will serve as a beacon of hope and positivity for the city and the region. Pushing the boundaries in high-rise engineering even further, The Tower’s wind tunnel tests are an industry-first of sorts, underlining our commitment to uphold the highest standards of safety.”

For the wind tunnel testing of The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, up to 12 different analysis and testing methods were used to ensure that all possible cases are considered, guaranteeing the maximum quality and safety of the structure.

These tests are made for the entirety of the project with a full scaled model, and also on different sections of the project to double-check the behaviour of the building and the wind around it.

Since the structure is anchored to the ground with robust cables, some of these tests are innovative and were developed for the first time in this field. Two independent and leading agencies in the world undertake the wind tunnel testing.

Additionally, the rigorous wind climate study of the area covered measurements at different heights including data provided by the weather stations.

Different seismic studies were also considered and applied specifically to local ground conditions. To guarantee the maximum safety and stability of the building, the design of The Tower also includes multiple damper systems and shock absorption systems, located at different points and heights.

 

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