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Simplified Principles of Wind Analysis

Ruben A. Gomez, P.E.

Course Outline

This course has been designed to go straight to the point and starts by describing the general principles of the Weather, the nature of wind dynamics, and how hurricanes act on building structures. After those concepts are clearly laid out, the principles of Vibration Theory are covered with a minimum of formula derivation, then it is followed by hints of best building forms and how to protect openings against the destructive effects of wind pressure and flying debris impact.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

After completion of the reading material and having taken the quiz included as part of the course, the user should have attained the following objectives:

Intended Audience

The course above described is best suited for engineers and architects.

Benefit for Attendee

Even if the attendee plans to exclusively do his wind analysis and design by using computer methods, this course will provide the basic understanding of how the general design principles work, so as to demonstrate functional knowledge to those who may question his understanding on this matter.

Course Introduction

It takes countless hours of class room and study time for a structural engineer to master the concept of Wind Analysis. He also needs to complete the study of innumerous volumes and laboratory test experience to have a clear understanding on this subject so it can be efficiently and productively applied to the practical cases found during his practice.

This course makes an attempt to present and abbreviated way for the busy practitioner to gain that very necessary knowledge.

Course Content

The course content is contained in the following PDF file:

Simplified Principles of Wind Analysis

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Course Summary

Wind Analysis is an important part of the practicing engineer workload and this course brings the opportunity to grasp the basic knowledge on that matter in a compact, comprehensive and formula free manner to suit the tight schedule of the busy engineering practitioner.

Related Links and References

For additional related technical information on this subject we recommend the latest edition of:

Structural Dynamics by Professor John M. Biggs


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.