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The Tower: Wind Test Completed on World's Tallest Future Building

Posted On July 27, 2016

The Tower: Wind Test Completed on World's Tallest Future Building

Twelve different analysis and testing methods used to ensure that all possible ­cases were considered

Emaar Properties has announced the successful completion of advanced wind tunnel tests to confirm the structural strength and durability of the iconic new tower in Dubai Creek Harbour, which will define a brand-new skyline for the city.

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 master-planned community set by the historic Dubai Creek and only 10 minutes from the Dubai International Airport.

Leveraging its unmatched expertise in high-rise development, Emaar Properties had commissioned a comprehensive array of never-before wind tunnel tests for The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, which will feature world-class 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 smart city of the future is also next-door to the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, protected under the Unesco Ramsar Convention and home to over 67 species of water birds, thus defining a unique residential destination that offers unprecedented and long-term value.

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."

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. 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.

Santiago Calatrava Valls said: "From the materials selection to the technology used, every aspect of The Tower has been designed and developed according to the strictest international safety standards. The wind tunnel tests were an important component in the structural design stage, and we have deployed innovative engineering techniques to confirm the strength of the new icon."

 

Source: Khaleej Times

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