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Thunderstorms, their importance in wind engineering - a case for the next generation wind tunnel

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Letchford, CW and Mans, C and Chay, MT, Thunderstorms, their importance in wind engineering - a case for the next generation wind tunnel, Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics, 90, (12-15) pp. 1415-1433. ISSN 0167-6105 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S0167-6105(02)00262-3

Abstract

This paper attempts a state-of-the-art summary of research into thunderstorm wind fields from an engineering perspective. The characteristics of thunderstorms and the two extreme wind events-tornadoes and downbursts-spawn by thunderstorms are described. The significant differences from traditional boundary layer flows are highlighted. The importance of thunderstorm gusts in the worldwide database of extreme wind events is established. Physical simulations of tornadoes and downbursts are described and discussed leading to the recommendation that Wind Engineering needs to focus more resources on the fundamental issue - What is the flow structure in the strongest winds? © 2002 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Interdisciplinary Engineering
Research Field:Turbulent Flows
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Construction Planning
Objective Field:Civil Construction Planning
Author:Letchford, CW (Professor Chris Letchford)
ID Code:47432
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:41
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2007-09-15
Last Modified:2011-11-18
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