Wind Hazards Reduction Program

by Nicholas P. Jones, Johns Hopkins Univ, Baltimore, United States,
Dorothy A. Reed, Johns Hopkins Univ, Baltimore, United States,
Jack E. Cermak, Johns Hopkins Univ, Baltimore, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Natural Hazards Mitigation


The 1990's mark the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction. In this context, the Wind Effects Committee of the Structural Division strongly endorses the establishment of a coordinated research program in wind engineering - the Wind Hazards Reduction Program (WHRP). This Program would be a cooperative study of the performance and protection of buildings and structures under wind action to improve our understanding of structural behavior, to improve codes of practice for wind engineering design, to develop advances in engineering to improve structural performance, and to develop guidelines for urban planning. This paper outlines the motivation for such an effort, and identifies critical unresolved issues to be addressed by coordinated analytical and experimental programs, full-scale measurements, physical modeling, computational modeling, and meteorological studies.

Subject Headings: Wind engineering | Natural disasters | Building design | Structural behavior | Structural engineering | Structural reliability | Urban and regional development | Computer models

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