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Calculating Wind Loads & Structural Interaction

Intended Audience: civil engineers



A-Z of Wind Loads and Wind-Structure Interaction

Uncover the foundational elements and most cutting-edge wind engineering concepts and wind load equations in civil and structural engineering in this PDH course developed by industry luminary Dr. Nara.

This online course is designed for engineers and other professionals who have little or no background in the calculation, design and analysis of wind loads. After covering the fundamental design concepts of wind engineering, we’ll take a look at the latest ASCE/SEI 7-2010 standards for wind loads as well as their interaction with structures (e.g., aerodynamic forces, vortex shredding, etc.).

In particular, we’ll explore the topographic effects of different wind-structural interactions as well as the relevant parameters, estimations and mathematical equations (i.e. Aerodynamics Bernoulli, Pressure Exposure Coefficient, Main Wind Force Resisting System (MWFRS), etc.) per ASCE/SEI specifications. We’ll also walk through the different types of damages to both rigid and flexible structures before discussing multi-protection design considerations.

The minimum wind design loads and design formulas will be presented in this engineering course in a straightforward format, making it easy to follow and apply in everyday wind engineering. This online course also offers engineers an opportunity to delve into the wind design criteria and practical applications of the ASCE/SEI minimum design loads for buildings and other structures.

The material in this PDH engineering course is also included in our 2-part course, Ins & Outs of Wind Engineering Structural Design.

Learning Objectives

Through the presentation of associated equations, applications and imagery, you’ll be able to identify and discuss the following learning objectives at the conclusion of this course:
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the concepts of wind loads in structural and civil engineering.
  • Determine the nature of wind and the formulas used to determine wind-structural interaction.
  • Explain the principles and equations for wind turbulence.
  • Identify the different types of wind damage and important stats.
  • Learn the most current ASCE/SEI standards for recommended wind loads.
  • Understand the numerical examples of wind engineering.
  • Distinguish the wind loads of hurricanes and tornadoes and their impacts on both rigid and flexible structures.
  • Determine the wind intensity of storm surges and the impact of surges through real-life examples.
  • Grasp the principles and disaster mitigation performance of multi-protection design.

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