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Subject: [TowerTalk] wind load
From: Charles Coldwell <>
Reply-to: "Tower and HF antenna construction topics." <>
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 13:16:12 -0500
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I've been looking at various tower specifications, and often see
something like this

Maximum Wind Load       
70 MPH   15 sq. ft.

I don't really understand how to interpret this.  I think a wind load
is a (static) force, and therefore should be measured in either
newtons or pounds.  IIUC, it should be proportional to the square of
the wind speed and that the constant of proportionality should itself
be proportional to the cross-sectional area to the wind.  So 15 sq ft
is an area, and 70 MPH is a wind speed, but I'm still missing some
factors in order to calculate a force.

Can anyone shed some light?


Charles M. Coldwell, W1CMC
"Turn on, log in, tune out"
Winchester, Massachusetts, New England (FN42kk)

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