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4th Edition

Wind Loading of Structures

ISBN 9780367273262
Published December 9, 2020 by CRC Press
638 Pages 242 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Wind forces from extreme wind events are the dominant loading for many parts of the world, exacerbated by climate change and the continued construction of tall buildings and structures. This authoritative source, for practising and academic structural engineers and graduate students, ties the principles of wind loads on structures to the relevant aspects of meteorology, bluff-body aerodynamics, probability and statistics, and structural dynamics.

This new edition covers:

  • Climate change effects on extreme winds – particularly those from tropical cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons
  • Modelling of potential wind vulnerability and damage
  • Developments in extreme value probability analysis of extreme wind speeds and directions
  • Explanation of the difference between ‘return period’ and ‘average recurrence interval’, as well as ‘bootstrapping’ techniques for deriving confidence limits
  • Wind over water, and profiles and turbulence in non-synoptic winds
  • An expanded chapter on internal pressures produced by wind for various opening and permeability scenarios
  • Aerodynamic shaping of high- and low-rise buildings
  • Recent developments in five major wind codes and standards
  • A new chapter on computational fluid dynamics (CFD), as applied to wind engineering
  • A greatly expanded appendix providing the basic information on extreme wind climates for over 140 countries and territories
  • Additional examples for many chapters in this book

Table of Contents

1 The nature of windstorms and wind-induced damage

2 Prediction of design wind speeds and structural safety

3 Strong wind characteristics and turbulence

4 Basic bluff-body aerodynamics

5 Resonant dynamic response and effective static

load distributions

6 Internal pressures

7 Laboratory simulation of strong winds and wind loads

8 Low-rise buildings

9 Tall buildings

10 Large roofs and sports stadiums

11 Towers, chimneys and masts

12 Bridges

13 Transmission lines

14 Other structures

15 Wind-loading codes and standards

16 Application of computational fluid dynamics to wind


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Dr John Holmes has over forty years of experience in wind engineering and has authored over 500 journal and conference papers.

Dr Seifu Bekele has twenty-five years of experience in wind engineering and related fields. His extensive consulting practice specialises in computational techniques.