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Sizing of blinds regulation

EOLIOS brings its experience in urban aeraulics and large structures in order to offer effective regulation of blinds. This regulation is decisive for the preservation of external awnings.

Indeed, the awning is an effective protection to protect yourself from the sun. The blinds are motorized and regulated from anemometers causing the blinds to rise automatically if a wind threshold is exceeded.

European standard 89/106/CEE “Construction products” specifies the performance requirements that must be met by external blinds fitted to buildings. She asks to indicate at what speed of wind the awning can withstand. A classification into four classes has been determined so that the consumer can easily tell the difference.

Each class has a maximum wind value given in Beaufort or km/h (see table below)

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Tableau de classement Beaufort
Classification of Beaufort

The Beaufort scale is an empirical measurement scale, with 13 degrees (0 to 12), of the average wind speed over a period of ten minutes used in maritime environments. An anemometer constantly analyzes the intensity of the wind. As soon as the tolerance threshold is exceeded, the blind goes up automatically. It is essential to choose an environment without obstacles and air disturbances to have accurate data.

Analysis of correlated wind speeds

As one can foresee, the wind measured at the level of the anemometers is not consistent with that arriving at the level of the blinds and can lead to their premature destruction .

Indeed, the wind speeds are specific to each point of the roof and the facades of the building. Thus, the air speeds at the level of the anemometers are not necessarily correlated with the speeds on the facade where the blinds are located. Local phenomena modify the distribution of the flows which can disturb the functioning of the measuring systems.

Our studies take into account all the geometric details necessary to solve the problems. Several levels of scales, building (district), terrace (area), windbreak (particular elements) are refined separately so as to increase the resolution in the study areas.

Analysis tables will take up the profiles of the wind speeds at the level of the blinds or in critical zones and will be compared to the measurement point of the anemometer. Example :

Profil de vent cfd - bord de facade - CFD
Vertical velocity profile - m/s - zone C - 1m from the façade - Blinds
Vertical velocity profile - m/s - zone V - 1m from the façade - Blinds
Anemometer measuring point - m / s - 2 m from the roof

Depending on the results of the analyzes and the final placement of the anemometers, a reprogramming law will be proposed taking into account the winds most unfavorable to the blinds.

Wind measurement on site:

We can carry out smoke tests in order to understand and situate the particular trajectories of the wind at the level of the blinds and the anemometers (terrace and roof area). We then generally produce a series of diagrams making it possible to explain the main lines of the wind on site, the specific aeraulics per floor and the behavior of the anemometers with respect to the blinds. These smoke analyzes are returned by video so that the operator obtains a general understanding of the impact of the wind on the building (for a single wind) in relation to the anemometers. The blinds subject to the most critical tearing are identified.

At the same time, we are taking measurements with a portable anemometer at the level of the blinds and the anemometers so that the operator can study the returns from the BMS. This also allows a more precise understanding of airflow effects in physically accessible areas.

The positioning of each anemometer is audited and the site effects are explained according to the observations. Simultaneous anemometric readings are taken so as to note the scale factors between the accessible blind zones and the anemometer zones.

EOLIOS generally visits the site twice for two similar audits for different winds. These audits are therefore dependent on weather conditions and can only be scheduled 48 hours in advance. If the site’s security conditions allow it, the EOLIOS engineers can evolve independently.

Beyond the simple measurement report, EOLIOS will recommend, in view of its experience and its understanding of the site, the modification of the location of the anemometers. We will also alert the operator, if the new positioning of the anemometers may include wind origins for which its results may be obsolete.

We specify that this campaign of measurements and analyses allows tooptimize the operation of the anemometers, but cannot be exhaustive in the analysis of the phenomena, indeed only the accessible zones could be studied. In this context, we offer , as an option, numerical studies to obtain a more detailed understanding of aeraulic phenomena.

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