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

Letchford, C., Mans, C. and Chay, M.T. (2002) Thunderstorms - their importance in wind engineering (a case for the next generation wind tunnel). Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 90 12-15: 1415-1433. doi:10.1016/S0167-6105(02)00262-3


Author Letchford, C.
Mans, C.
Chay, M.T.
Title Thunderstorms - their importance in wind engineering (a case for the next generation wind tunnel)
Journal name Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0167-6105
Publication date 2002-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0167-6105(02)00262-3
Volume 90
Issue 12-15
Start page 1415
End page 1433
Total pages 19
Editor N. P. JONES
Place of publication Amsterdam
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2002
Language eng
Subject C1
290899 Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified
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.
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Civil Engineering Publications
 
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