Wind Loading of Structures, Third Edition

Wind Loading of Structures, Third Edition 

John D. Holmes

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Wind loading competes with seismic loading as the dominant environmental loading for structures. They have produced roughly equal amounts of damage over a long time period, although large damaging earthquakes occur less often than severe wind storms. On almost every day of the year, a severe wind storm is happening somewhere on Earth – although many storms are small and localized. In the tropical oceans, the most severe of all wind events – tropical cyclones (including hurricanes and typhoons) – are generated. When these storms make landfall on populated coastlines, their effects can be devastating. In this introductory chapter, the meteorology of severe wind storms – gales produced by large extra-tropical depressions – tropical cyclones and downbursts, squall lines, and tornadoes associated with thunderstorms, is explained, including the expected horizontal variation in wind speed during these events.

Content :
  • 1. The nature of wind storms 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

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