Effect of roof-edge parapets on mitigating extreme roof suctions

Wimal Suaris, Peter Irwin

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Very high intermittent suctions have been found to occur near corners of low rise building roofs. This paper investigates the effectiveness of parapets mounted at the roof-edge on mitigating these high suctions. The study included full perimeter parapets, both solid and perforated and parapets placed only at the ridge and the corner zones. The parapets used in the study had a 0.2. m full scale height which is more feasible for installation on typical homes than the taller parapets that have been considered in previous studies. The peak pressure coefficients in the corner zone were reduced by over 50% with the solid and perforated parapets placed along the perimeter of the building. Perforated parapets with a perforation ratio of 33% and having a length of 10% of the building dimension at the corners and at the ridge performed best resulting in about a 60% reduction in the peak pressure coefficients at the corners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)483-491
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics
Issue number10-11
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Gable roof
  • Low-rise buildings
  • Parapets
  • Pressure coefficients
  • Suction
  • Wind loads

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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