Code Calibration of Extreme Wind Return Periods

by Emil Simiu, (M.ASCE),
Bruce R. Ellingwood, (A.M.ASCE),

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 3, Pg. 725-729

Document Type: Journal Paper


Design wind speeds upon which the Uniform Building Code provisions are based represent the highest gust speed recorded in a 39-yr period at most of the stations for which records were available. The question arises whether this highest wind speed can be related to some mean recurrence interval. It will be shown in this note that such is indeed the case.

Subject Headings: Standards and codes | Calibration | Wind engineering | Wind speed | Building codes | Wind gusts

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