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Wind Load Formula

  1. Oct 24, 2009 #1
    I'm not sure where to post this, so please excuse me if this is misplaced. I need help understanding how the terms are grouped in this formula for A = pressure normal to the roof. If any of you are familiar with this formula or can link me to a source containing better expressed formulas like this one I'd appreciate your help. I'm posting a screen shot of the formula from a textbook I'm looking at. It looks something like:
    A = Fsinx^1.84cos-1

    Apparently it's a formula belonging to someone called Charles Hutton and it looks something more like Pn= P(sinx)^(1.842cosx-1) I just want to double check whether the exponent is really (1.842cosx-1) and not something like 1.842cos(x-1).

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  3. Oct 24, 2009 #2


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    I have never heard of it, but there is another source I found that references it as well (it even talks about the experimental basis for the equation):

  4. Oct 24, 2009 #3


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    cuad: First, from other sources, we know your attached image in post 1 is missing parentheses around sin theta. Secondly, because addition and subtraction have a low precedence of arithmetic operations, unlike multiplication, we know addition and subtraction expressions can be passed to a function only if the addition or subtraction expression argument is enclosed in parentheses, such as cos(x - 1). Therefore, we know the formula is Pn = P*(sin theta)^[(1.842*cos theta) - 1].
  5. Oct 24, 2009 #4
    Hi everyone. Thank you guys for clarifying that for me.
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