Procedure for Predicting Wind Damage to Buildings

by Kishor C. Mehta, (M.ASCE), Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Texas Tech Univ., P.O. Box 4089, Lubbock, Tex. 79409,
Douglas A. Smith, (A.M.ASCE), Design Engr.; Southwestern Public Service Co., Amarillo, Tex.,
James R. McDonald, (M.ASCE), Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Texas Tech Univ. Lubbock, Tex. 79409,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 11, Pg. 2089-2096

Document Type: Journal Paper


Experience gained from post-storm investigations of damaged buildings has made it possible to predict types of damage expected on existing buildings. Two procedures that involve different levels of engineering effort are outlined in the paper to predict wind damage to buildings. The level I procedure is a subjective one utilizing a questionnaire. Answers to the questionnaire for a particular building are used to ascertain the type and extent of potential damage to the building. The level II procedure is an analytical one. Structural analysis is performed using knowledge of wind-structure interaction, material properties, and a building's structural system to establish threshold failure wind speeds. Damage sequence and possible failure modes can be ascertained from the analysis. The two procedures have been used to predict damage to various types of ordinary buildings. The predictions are used for indentification of areas of safety for occupant protection for construction retrofitting of components to improve a building's wind resistance capabilities.

Subject Headings: Failure analysis | Material properties | Wind engineering | Damage (structural) | Wind speed | Material failures | Building systems | Structural systems

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