A study of wind behavior on the Olympic Facilities used in Mexico City in 1968

Hugo Hernández-Barrios, Carlos Arce-León, Iván F. Huergo

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The Government of Mexico City asked the International Olympic Committee to hold the XIX Olympic Games of 1968. In order to realize this event it was necessary to build the Mexican Olympic Buildings. For the structural design were necessary to do tests in the wind tunnel of the Engineering Institute of the UNAM in order to determine the effect of the wind on the roof deck of the Olympic swimming pool and the gymnasium, and the Sports Palace. Currently, an increase in the frequency of maintenance of the Olympic swimming pool deck has been observed, which may be due to an increase of the wind loads. This paper shows the results of the comparison of the equivalent wind forces using the pressure coefficients obtained of the wind tunnel tests of the Sports Palace, the Olympic swimming pool and the gymnasium. These experimental wind forces are compared with those obtained by the pressure coefficients suggested in some current international codes based on the wind speed of design suggested by Mexican standards.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event6th Structural Engineers World Congress - Cancún, Mexico
Duration: 14 Nov 2017 → …


Conference6th Structural Engineers World Congress
Period14/11/17 → …


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