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Publication Citation: Investigation of Wind Damage in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Area, April 3-4, 1975 (NBS TN 909)

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Author(s): Felix Y. Yokel; C W. Yancey; L E. Cattaneo; Richard D. Marshall;
Title: Investigation of Wind Damage in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Area, April 3-4, 1975 (NBS TN 909)
Published: May 31, 1976
Abstract: A limited investigation was conducted of wind damage that occurred on April 3 and 4, 1975 in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Meteorological data indicate that the winds were somewhat less severe than those that should be anticipated by designers. Thus, most of the observed damage reflects inadequacies in design or construction. Damage was observed in occupied buildings, as well as in buildings under construction. Damaged elements of occupied buildings included: masonry curtain walls; masonry gable walls; masonry veneer; roofs with overhangs; roofing; and cladding. Damaged elements of buildings under construction included roofs and masonry walls. A limited investigation was conducted of wind damage that occurred on April 3 and 4, 1975 in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Meteorological data indicate that the winds were somewhat less severe than those that should be anticipated by designers. Thus, most of the observed damage reflects inadequacies in design or construction. Damage was observed in occupied buildings, as well as in buildings under construction. Damaged elements of occupied buildings included: masonry curtain walls; masonry gable walls; masonry veneer; roofs with overhangs; roofing; and cladding. Damaged elements of buildings under construction included roofs and masonry walls.
Citation: NIST TN - 909
Keywords: building codes; design standarads; masonry construction; roofs; siding; wind; wind damage; wind engineering
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