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An Assessment of Methods for Determining Wind Loads



Emil Simiu, Chris Letchford, Nicholas Isyumov, Arindam Chowdhury, DongHun Yeo


The purpose of this work is to present an assessment of methods for determining wind loads on buildings and other structures that warrant comment, correction or improvement. The assessment is intended to serve as a resource as a new version of the American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE-7 Standard is being prepared. Issues discussed in the paper include: wind speeds in non-hurricane regions; alternative analytical methods for determining wind loads on Main Wind Force Resisting Systems and Components/Cladding; aerodynamic pressure coefficients; pres-sures on rooftop equipment; component and cladding pressures on arched roofs; and the wind tunnel procedure.
Journal of Structural Engineering-ASCE


Arched roofs, rooftop equipment, wind engineering, wind loads, wind pressures, wind speeds, wind tunnels


Simiu, E. , Letchford, C. , , N. , Chowdhury, A. and Yeo, D. (2013), An Assessment of Methods for Determining Wind Loads, Journal of Structural Engineering-ASCE (Accessed July 18, 2024)


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Created December 31, 2012, Updated August 18, 2020