Wind Damage Observations and Implications

by Joseph E. Minor, (M.ASCE), Dir.; Inst. for Disaster Research, Texas Tech. Univ., Lubbock, Tex.,
Kishor C. Mehta, (M.ASCE), Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Texas Tech. Univ., Lubbock, Tex.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 11, Pg. 2279-2291

Document Type: Journal Paper


Literature containing observations of windstorm damage to buildings is condensed into descriptions of failure modes exhibited by several common building types. Failure modes are reviewed and building types that constitute the largest contributor in windstorm damage costs are identified. Buildings that receive some engineering attention but are constructed largely in a traditional and routine fashion (e.g. low-rise commercial buildings) are especially susceptible to wind-induced damage, and contribute to large economic losses through damage to inventory and loss of business. Wind and earthquake caused damages are compared, and observations regarding damage dissimilarities are examined.

Subject Headings: Damage (structural) | Commercial buildings | Wind engineering | Failure modes | Failure analysis | Engineering firms | Low-rise buildings | Wind forces

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