IAWE Public Forum


Necessity and Efficiency of Large-Scale Facilities for Wind-Related Disaster Risk Reduction
Place: Room C202, Kawauchi-Kita Campus, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
Time: 13:00 - 18:00, March 16, 2015
Organized by: IAWE
  Co-sponsored by: IRIDeS, IG-WRDRR, TPU WE-JURC, JAWE
  Co-supported by: AIJ, JSCE, MSJ
The number of devastating wind-related disasters has been increasing remarkably, and the risk of future wind-related disasters is hypothesized to escalate due to global warming or potential climate change. In order to mitigate the impact of wind-induced damage worldwide, perfectly controlled performance tests of full-scale houses and structures should be conducted under such very rare strong wind actions, as well as rain, snow, hail, solar heating, fire and so on. A kind of paradigm shift in wind-induced disaster mitigation measures is necessary to realize safer and sustainable societies. For this, a large full-scale test facility has to be constructed and effectively utilized. In this public forum, existing large-scale facilities in the wind engineering field are introduced, and then the necessity and importance of full-scale facilities to mitigate wind-induced disaster are discussed.
Presentations on large- and full-scale meteorological hazards experimental facilities in the world
13:30-13:35 Opening Remarks
Yukio Tamura

Beijing Jiaotong University, China / Tokyo Polytechnic University WE-JURC, Japan

13:35-14:00 Summary advancements in full-scale wind engineering experimental facilities
Forrest Masters
University of Florida, Arindam Chowdhury, Florida International University, USA
14:00-14:25 Full-scale, multi-chamber, pressure tests of buildings under extreme wind loads
Greg Kopp
University of Western Ontario, Canada
14:25-14:50 Vulnerability to non-synoptic wind systems. A new paradigm
Horia Hangan
University of Western Ontario, Canada
14:50-15:15 An active multiple-fan wind tunnel proposal to meet the necessity of wind-related DRR in China
Shuyang Cao
Tongji University, China
15:15-15:25 Coffee Break
15:25-15:50 Simulating climate in wind tunnel : why do it at full scale ?
Olivier Flamand, Pierre Palier
Centre Scientifique et Technique du B√Ętiment, France
15:50-16:15 Benefits and challenges of full-scale testing in a large wind facility
Tim Reinhold
Institute for Business and Home Safety, USA
16:15-16:40 Why do we need a full-scale storm simulator?
Yukio Tamura
(previously described)
16:40-17:00 Coffee Break
17:00-18:00 Panel Discussion on Necessity and Efficiency of Full-Scale Meteorological Hazards Facilities for Disaster Risk Reduction
Presided by Ahsan Kareem (University of Notre Dame) and Yuichi Ono (Tohoku University)
  IAWE Secretariat
Dr. Shuyang Cao (caoshuyang@hotmail.com)
Tokyo Polytechnic University, 1583, Iiyama, Atsugi, Kanagawa, 243-0297 Japan
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