Dome structures are of architectural significance in many applications ranging from building decorations to fluid confinement usage such as pressure vessels and storage tanks in the petrochemical industry. Most domes are subjected to severe external loads caused by wind flow. Therefore, careful material selection and structural design of domes is imperative to avoid any unexpected failure. This paper presents the design of an experimental set-up to study the flow behavior around ABS dome models of hemispherical and elliptical shapes and their structural integrity under wind loads. The objective of this paper is to determine the dome’s wall thickness for various geometrical shapes. The domes were placed inside a wind tunnel where the wind speed was varied from 60 to 100 km/hr and pressure distribution on the surface of the dome roof was measured. Pressure measurements were carried out for various attack angles with respect to its centerline using a data acquisition system programmed in LabVIEW™. In addition, flow visualization of the air flow around the dome was carried out using a smoke generator. The experimental study was supplemented by a numerical simulation of the air flow around domes to mimic experiments using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) techniques. The effect of wind on the dome structural integrity was studied using finite element analysis. The experimental results were used to validate the CFD models from which pressure distribution around domes were obtained. Results related to the pressure distribution around domes obtained from the CFD analysis were used as loading conditions to study the structural integrity of the domes using ANSYS™. Preliminary experimental results of wind speed effect on a hemispherical/elliptical dome revealed pressure variations for various angles of attack and height inclination along the dome roof surface.

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