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SYNOPSIS

Research into the behaviour of concrete structures and publication of papers in international journals and as conference proceedings.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Masera Engineering Group has collaborated on this project with Professor Ferro’s Research Group in the Structural, Geotechnical and Building Engineering Department of the Polytechnic University of Turin.

In the aerodynamic analysis of high-rise structures, horizontal force distribution and wake shapes can be investigated using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis and wind tunnel tests. In order to define airflow distribution around high-rise buildings and to compute forces acting on the surface of the towers depending on wind direction a CFD model is used.

The basis of the CFD model are the Navier–Stokes equations, which define any single-phase fluid flow. In this project CFD analysis is applied to an irregular shaped high-rise building in Morocco, the New Marina Casablanca Tower.

This 167 m high-rise concrete building was designed by Arji Ali and has 42 storeys. The unique architectural feature of the tower is its twisting shape. While the skyscraper’s 42 floorplates are all identical, each is slightly rotated by 3 degrees against the floor below, resulting in a full 140-degree twist over the course of the tower’s 167 meter height. The facades consist of a modular system of triangular glass panels held together in an aluminium frame.

YEAR

2015