Dynamic characteristics of a semi-rigid hanging roof structure composed of glulams and steel plate

Shigeru Ban, Shohei Motohashi, Arata Yoshida, Haruji Tsubota

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The Nagano Olympic Memorial Arena, located in Nagano City, Japan, is where the 18th winter Olympic games will be held in 1998. It is one of the world's largest speed skating arenas, covering an 80 m x 216 m free space containing a 400 m speed skate oval and seating for 10,000 spectators. One of the main features of the structure is its semi-rigid hanging roof spanning 80 m. Each hanging member is composed of two glulams sandwiching a steel plate. Hanging structures generally incorporate bracing members to increase roof stability and to resist wind up-lift and lateral load. This structure instead utilizes the bending stiffness of the glulams and the in-plane stiffness of plywood panels attached to roofing members. However, few studies have been carried out to evaluate the dynamic structural characteristics of this kind of structure. This paper describes experimental and analytical investigations conducted to verify this structure's wind-resistant design and confirm its structural safety against strong wind load.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)770-785
Number of pages16
JournalEngineering Structures
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Aug
Externally publishedYes


  • Composite beam
  • Dynamic behavior
  • Dynamic wind load
  • Glulam and steel plate
  • Hanging roof

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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