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Wind storm events: their challenges and effects on structures

Event organised by Wind Engineering Society

17 February 2022

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Split into two section this joint WES-ANIV event will touch upon measuring wind storms and the issues this cause around Europe as well as examining and scaling potential issues these might cause.

Section one:

Maria Pia Repetto (University of Genova): "Wind storms - what can we measure in the field?"

Maria Pia’s talk will introduce the thunderstorm, a transient meteorological event developing in small temporal and spatial scales, which is responsible of extreme wind velocity and huge damages on structures all over the Europe.

Starting from an unprecedented monitoring network including anemometric, Lidar and structural response records, the lecture gives an overview of the parameters governing the phenomenon and of physically realistic and simple models for structural response evaluations; highlighting the differences with respect to the standard wind loading conditions.

Section two:

Mark Sterling (University of Birmingham): "Modelling wind storms – what do we actually know?"

Mark’s presentation will start by examining potential scaling issues associated with tornadoes in order to highlight the challenges that are associated with transient winds. He will then discuss potential analytical models and use these models in order to explore the effects that tornado translation can have on the local, static pressure.

Finally, he will present full-scale data which enables tornado translation velocities to be quantified.


Maria Pia Repetto

Maria Pia Repetto

University of Genova

Professor of Structural Engineering

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Maria Pia Repetto

Maria Pia Repetto is a professor of structural engineering in the Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering of the University of Genoa. She is a member of the Giovanni Solari Wind Engineering and Structural Dynamics Research Group (GS-WinDyn), working in the multidisciplinary field of interactions between wind and structures. She leads the THUNDERR project "Detection, simulation, modelling and loading of thunderstorm outflows to design wind-safer and cost-efficient structures" financed by European Research Council (ERC) (2017-2021).

The original contributions of her research have been awarded by the Junior Award 2011 from International Association for Wind Engineering (IAWE) and by the Raymond C. Reese Research Prize 2014 from American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE-SEI). Maria Pia is also a Fellow of the Italian association for Wind Engineering, and a chartered civil engineer.

Mark Sterling

Mark Sterling

University of Birmingham

Beale Professor of Civil Engineering and Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Staffing)

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Mark Sterling

Mark Sterling is Beale professor of civil engineering and deputy pro-vice-chancellor (staffing) at the University of Birmingham. He is also the Europe-Africa regional representative for the International Association of Wind Engineering and former chair of the UK Wind Engineering Society. Over the last 20 years his research has examined a wide range of issues including, transient winds and the wind effects on infrastructure, vehicles and natural canopies. He was recently involved in rewriting the ASCE 49-21 standard “Wind tunnel testing of buildings and other structures” which is due to be published in 2021. Mark is also a Fellow of the Wind Engineering Society, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Chartered civil engineer.

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