Aerodynamic Design

Photo: B&T
Lions' Gate Bridge, North Vancouver to Vancouver, BC, Canada
Buckland & Taylor has been retained specifically to improve the aerodynamics of bridges around the world.

Members of our staff have directed at least 20 aerodynamic studies of bridges, including the first large scale aeroelastic wind tunnel test of a bridge in turbulent flow (Lions' Gate Bridge, 1976 and 1979), and the first "taut tube" wind-tunnel tests (SkyTrain cable-stayed bridge, 1986).

Peter Buckland of Buckland & Taylor and Bob Wardlaw of the National Research Council's Low-Speed Aerodynamics Section were awarded the Gzowski Gold Medal of the Engineering Institute of Canada for their pioneering work on setting design criteria for wind-induced vibrations of bridges (1971).

In recent years, Buckland & Taylor has been retained specifically to improve the aerodynamics of bridges in Canada, the UK, France and Cuba, and has designed aerodynamically stable bridges for the typhoon regions of Southern China.

A few of Buckland & Taylor's aerodynamic bridges include:

  • Lions' Gate Bridge, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • Alex Fraser Bridge, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • Boca Tigris Bridge, Guandong, China.

LAST UPDATED: 27.01.2014