Wind storms are one of the greatest natural causes of damage and loss of structures. Major events, like Hurricanes Katrina and Andrew, have caused tens of billions of dollars’ worth of damage in a single event. Also, much damage and suffering is caused every year by local extreme winds, such as tornadoes, downbursts, and gusty winds. Although there have been significant advances in the understanding of wind effect on structures, new approaches in theoretical and experimental techniques are always being developed.
The Wind Research Group is currently involved in research projects concerning estimation of aerodynamic vibration of tall buildings and suspension bridges, as well as assessment of wind-induced pressure on a vast majority of structures and clean energy systems (such as solar panels and wind turbines).