Risk Assessment for Cladding Panels: An Expert Systems Approachby D. A. Reed, Carnegie-Mellon Univ, Pittsburgh, PA, USA,
Abstract: Risk assessment for structures in the context of wind engineering involves many factors such as wind hazard, the wind sensitivity of the structure and the socio-economic value of the structure. Risk assessment for cladding elements located on tall buildings also includes consideration of the cladding properties and local boundary conditions. Experienced engineers and researchers have developed heuristics for characterizing and combining these factors in order to make design decisions and safety evaluations. For this reason, an expert system for wind-related risk assessment may provide, in the short term, a tool for less experienced engineers, and in the long term, insight into the behavior of cladding elements on tall buildings. A proposed system is discussed in this paper.
Subject Headings: Cladding | Wind loads | Expert systems | Building design | Risk management | Smart buildings
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