Effect of Wind on Coastal Construction in Florida

by Nur Yazdani, Florida A&M Univ, Tallahassee, United States,
Joydeep Kadnar, Florida A&M Univ, Tallahassee, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


The State of Florida's tidal shoreline is 8,426 miles long. Both the east and the west coast of Florida is subjected to several coastal storms each year. The present study was undertaken to develop a consistent rational wind design procedure for habitable structures located seaward of the Coastal Construction Control Line (CCCL). The first objective was to address the apparent inconsistency between the 110 mph design criteria and the 140 mph criteria specified elsewhere. The rational behind the two regulations was studied indepth, and it was found that a minimum fastest mile wind of 110 mph for most of Florida coastline is appropriate to ensure a 100 year mean recurrence interval. The second objective was to recommend a building code best suited for Florida coastal construction. After a thorough comparison, the ANSI Code was found to be the most consistent, user friendly and rational code for wind design of Florida coastal construction.

Subject Headings: Wind engineering | Offshore construction | Standards and codes | Construction management | Building design | Building codes | Wind pressure | Tides | Florida | United States

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