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Dear Lynn:

Las year I need to do some calculation to fix a xmas tree in a shopping in
Buenos Aires. I do the following:

I supose that the tree was impermeable to the wind and it was conical

Our Wind load code (CIRSOC) has a reference speed call beta (here is 27.2
m/s 97.92 km/hs Aprox 61.2 mph).

The wind speed to calculate the preasure in te tree is Vo= cp * beta

cp is a probabilistic coeficient that multiply the reference speed. In
almost structures this coeficient is cp=1.65 but in temporary structures
this coeficient is

My client tell me the weith of the tree.

I fix it with epoxi anchors.

the rest of the procedure is the same to any structure.

Hope this help

Ing. Juan Constantinidis
CyA Ingenieria
Bs.As. Argentina
e-mail: info(--nospam--at)

-----Mensaje original-----
De: Lynn <lhoward(--nospam--at)>
Para: seaint(--nospam--at) <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Fecha: Miércoles 25 de Noviembre de 1998 04:45 PM
Asunto: Christmas Trees :)

>Okay, here is a tough one:
>We are supposed to design a support for a Christmas tree that could be
>as tall as 80 feet.
>I looked in the UBC wind table and could not find anything applicable,
>except the "other" category.
>What would be the appropriate wind load on a nicely tapered tree??
>Also, does anyone know how much an 80 ft. tall tree would weigh :)
>Boy, the things I do :)