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LSU Science Café Sept 28 2021 The Power of Wind

 

LSU professor studying ways to protect infrastructure from natural disasters

 

Call for Papers

 

 

Scientists & Teens Exploring Our World

"This café featured Dr. Aly Mousaad Aly, LSU Engineering Professor. First, Dr. Aly discussed with our teens how engineers solve complex problems in our world. Dr. Aly then provided stunning images and videos that illustrated how he develops building designs which are more resistant to severe storms....." Read more

https://teensciencecafe.org/cool-cafes/windstorm-impact-science-engineering-wise-research-at-lsu/

 

Wind Engineering Testing

"Wind engineering is very important due to the impacts of wind on humans, man-made structures, wind turbines, vehicles, and the environment at large. In wind engineering, researchers investigate the effects of wind on natural and built environments and study the possible damage, inconvenience, or benefits that may result from wind or air flow. As a discipline, it draws on meteorology, fluid dynamics, mechanics, geographic information systems, and a number of specialist engineering disciplines, including aerodynamics and structural dynamics. Atmospheric boundary-layer (ABL) simulations at a relatively high resolution (spectral content and turbulence) are essential for accurate estimation of loading on structures and machines, as well as the extracted power from wind. The physics involved in the processes of ABL and the flow interaction are indispensable for the understanding of wind-induced loads. Several tools are available for wind engineering investigations that include: atmospheric models, wind tunnels, open-jet testing, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). We solicit high quality original research or review papers focused on state-of-the-art techniques and methods employed in flow, aerodynamic, and aeroelastic measurements in wind engineering of civil infrastructure, vehicles, planes, wind turbines, etc. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: aeronautical wind tunnels, boundary layer wind tunnels, open-jet facilities, computational and/or theoretical methods for wind load assessment; aerodynamic forces on vehicles; wind forces and pressures on low-rise buildings, high-rise buildings, bridges, power transmission towers, solar energy harvesters, wind turbines; non-synoptic wind processes, tornadoes, down-burst, etc.; aeroelasticity and fluid-structure interaction; Reynolds number effects; atmospheric turbulence; and aerodynamic optimization for improved sustainability with resilience benefits."

New Large-Scale Open-Jet Hurricane Testing Facility at LSU

LSU/Board of Regents Open Jet Wind Facility
New Large-Scale Open-Jet Hurricane Testing Facility at LSU: Large Building in Testing

EMI 2019 ConferenceThe next Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) conference will take place in June 18-21, 2019 at Caltech, Pasadena, CA. We would like to invite you to present your recent research (PPT Presentation(s)) in the following mini-symposia:

MS#29. Advances in Experimental, Analytical and Computational Wind Engineering

MS#55. Advances in Vibration Control in Structures under Single and Multiple Hazard Loads

These mini-symposia are sponsored by the EMI Fluid Dynamics Committee, the EMI Dynamics Committee, and the EMI Structural Health Monitoring & Control Committee. Abstract submission for EMI 2019 is now open https://emi2019.exordo.com/login(November 30, 2018 – January 30, 2019), however, if you are interested in delivering a presentation, please send a tentative title of your abstract to aly@lsu.edu ASAP.

MS#29. Advances in Experimental, Analytical and Computational Wind Engineering

Organizers: Aly Mousaad Aly (aly@lsu.edu) and Michele Barbato

Keywords: Wind tunnel; CFD; Scale issues; Atmospheric boundary-layer; Aerodynamics; Aeroelasticity; Fluid-structure interaction; Flow-induced motions.

Abstract: Wind engineering is a multi-discipline field that analyzes the effects of wind on natural and built environments and studies the possible damage, inconvenience or benefits that may result from wind. Wind engineering draws upon fluid dynamics, meteorology, geographic information systems, and a number of specialist disciplines, including aerodynamics, and dynamics of structures. Atmospheric boundary-layer (ABL) simulation at a relatively high resolution (wind structure and turbulence) is essential for wind/structural engineering disciplines. The tools available for wind engineering investigations include atmospheric models, wind tunnels, open-jet facilities, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models. The physics involved in the ABL are essential for the reproduction of wind-induced loads on the built environment and the response of the infrastructure to extreme wind events. In this session, we solicit high quality presentations of original research focused on the state-of-the-art techniques and methods employed in ABL processes for wind engineering applications. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Boundary Layer Wind Tunnels and Open-Jet Simulators;
  • Scale Issues;
  • Non-Synoptic Wind Processes: Tornadoes, Downbursts, etc.;
  • CFD Simulations;
  • Aerodynamic Optimization;
  • Aeroelasticity and Fluid-Structure Interaction;
  • Flow Induced Motion;
  • Full-scale and Field Measurements."

MS#55. Advances in Vibration Control in Structures under Single and Multiple Hazard Loads

Organizer: Aly Mousaad Aly (aly@lsu.edu)

Keywords: Vibration control; Semi-active devices; Smart dampers; Active control; Passive control;

Abstract: Wind, wave, and seismic hazards, coupled with aging and vulnerable structures, pose the potential for damage and loss of life and property. Multihazard forces can wreak catastrophic damage to buildings, bridges, wind turbines, offshore structures, and the infrastructure in general. Consequently, vibration control of structures is indispensable for the safety and serviceability of the infrastructure under multihazard loads. To do so, several control techniques can be employed. In this session, we solicit high quality presentations of original research focused on the state-of-the-art techniques and methods employed in the control of structures under single and multiple hazards. Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Vibration control in structures for wind and seismic hazards;
  • Vibration control in offshore structures for wind and waves;
  • Vibration control in wind turbines;
  • High-rise buildings,
  • Passive control;
  • Semi-active control.

NEW EMI PUBLICATION

Wind Engineering for Natural Hazards – Modeling, Simulation, and Mitigation of Windstorm Impact on Critical Infrastructure

Edited by Aly Mousaad Aly, Ph.D., and Elena Dragomirescu, Ph.D.

Trends in Engineering Mechanics Spec. Pub. (TEMSP) TEMSP 3

2018 / 238 pp.

Book: Wind Engineering for Natural Hazards – Modeling, Simulation, and Mitigation of Windstorm Impact on Critical Infrastructure

EMI 2018 ConferenceThe next Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) conference will take place in May 29 – June 1, 2018 at M.I.T., Cambridge MA. We would like to invite you to present your recent research (PPT Presentation(s)) in the following mini-symposia:

  • MS 22 Advances in Experimental, Analytical and Computational Wind Engineering
  • MS 21 Vibration Control in Structures to Achieve System-Level Performance under Single and Multiple Hazard Loads

These mini-symposia are sponsored by the EMI Fluid Dynamics Committee, the EMI Dynamics Committee, and the EMI Structural Health Monitoring & Control Committee. Abstract submission for EMI 2018 is now open (October 15, 2017 – January 31, 2018), however, if you are interested in delivering a presentation, please send a tentative title of your abstract to aly@lsu.edu ASAP.

Call for Papers: Risk, Reliability, and Uncertainty Quantification of Structural Systems Subjected to Shock and Vibration

Deterministic analysis methods, even when they are based on detailed modeling, may not precisely reflect the reliability of engineering structures. The alternative is to perform risk analysis under the probabilistic assumption and propagate the uncertainty in different design variables. This is an important and crucial task, especially for structures subjected to shock and vibration. The design and analysis of ordinary structures subjected to single and multiple hazard dynamic loads are real-world related engineering applications: critical dams and nuclear power plants under hydrodynamic shock and earthquake impact; synoptic and nonsynoptic wind induced structural vibrations; vehicle-induced vibrations in bridges; wind, wave, and seismic impact on offshore structures and wind turbines; earthquake induced vibrations in structures; and so on.

In this special issue, we solicit high quality articles of original research focused on the state-of-the-art techniques and methods employed in risk, reliability, and uncertainty quantification in infrastructure systems, with or without control/mitigation devices, subjected to shock and vibration. We welcome both theoretical and application papers of high technical standard across various disciplines, thus facilitating awareness of techniques and methods in one area that may be applicable to other areas. We seek high-quality submissions of original research articles as well as review articles on all aspects related to risk, reliability, and uncertainty in shock and vibration applications, especially in relation to civil, mechanical, and aerospace engineering, with emphasis on fundamental research that has a potential for practical application.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Safety, reliability, risk, and life-cycle performance of structures and infrastructures subjected to shock and vibration
  • Uncertainties associated with extreme return periods of wind and earthquake loadings acting on structures
  • Reliability considerations for wind turbines under multiple hazard dynamic loads
  • Risk, reliability, and uncertainty quantification in the evaluation of the response of structures to windstorms and earthquakes
  • Risk, reliability, and uncertainty quantification in passive, active, and semiactive structural control
  • Uncertainties in complex dynamic modeling and control of structures under multihazards
  • Reliability in structural monitoring under shock and vibrations
  • Modelling and analysis of metamaterials for vibration mitigation
  • Effects of passive, active, and semiactive structural control on reliability and sustainability of aging structures
  • Risk, reliability, and uncertainty in real-time hybrid simulation

Submission Deadline Friday, 27 April 2018. Publication Date September 2018. Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

Louisiana STEM Expo

Louisiana STEM Expo 1: k 1-12 students building resilient structures
Louisiana STEM Expo 2: pre-school students learning about engineering
Louisiana STEM Expo 3: How to become an engineer.
Summer Camp 1: Students are learning how to do aerodynamic testing.
Summer Camp 2: What make a stronge roof.

CEE and ASCE at LSU teaching elementary/middle/high school students how to build resilient structures, and how wind engineering experiments are executed.

Assistantships for Ph.D. Students (Wind Engineering/Structural Control)

The Windstorm Impact, Science & Engineering (WISE) research program at Louisiana State University invites applications for Ph.D. student positions in the area of Wind Engineering and Structural Control. Particular preferences will be given to students with prior experience in structural dynamics and control:

  • Programming with MATLAB;– Active/Semi-active control of structures;– Wind tunnel testing/Shake table testing;– Publication in Journal/Conference proceedings.

Minimum Requirements:B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, or related fields. Additional admission requirements (GRE, GPA, TOEFL/IELTS) are posted on the Civil Engineering Department Webpage http://www.lsu.edu/eng/cee/academics/graduate/index.php.

Qualified candidates will receive generous stipend and exemption from tuition until graduation. For interested applicants, please send your CV with a list of publications (if any), English test results (if English is not your native language), GPA, and GRE score to Dr. Aly at aly@lsu.edu.

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Special ASCE Publication (closed)

Currently, we are receiving papers for a Special ASCE Publication entitled "Wind Engineering in Natural Hazards". This publication is sponsored by the ASCE/EMI Fluid Dynamics Committee. We would like to invite you to contribute with a 10-20 pages research article. In this publication, we solicit papers (original research and/or review articles) focused on recent advances in experimental, computational, multi-scale, and/or multi-physics investigations of problems in wind engineering of structures. The topics may include, but are not limited to, recent advances in wind tunnel testing, wind effects on large roofs, wind effects on wind turbines, wind effects on vehicles/trains, synoptic/non-synoptic wind processes, and/or computational wind engineering. If you are interested in contributing to this ASCE publication, please send your paper to aly@lsu.edu ASAP

It is worthy to mention that all papers will go through a peer review process, and ASCE will publish only high quality papers: the materials should be original and the findings should be sounding. We will present each paper with peer review reports and ASCE will make the final decision on publication. We have invited top authors for this purpose, and we have received a number of quality papers. Your contribution to this ASCE publication is appreciated.

Please share these information with colleagues and researchers who might be interested in contributing with papers.

EMI 2017 ConferenceThe next Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) conference will take place in San Diego, California, in June 2017. I would like to invite you to present your recent research (PPT Presentation(s)) in the following mini-symposia:

  • MS 98 Wind Engineering in Natural Hazards
  • MS 93 Control of Structures for Multiple Hazards
 

These mini-symposia are sponsored by the EMI Fluid Dynamics Committee, the EMI Dynamics Committee, and the EMI Structural Health Monitoring & Control Committee. The deadline for abstract submission is January 15, 2017. However, if you are interested in delivering a presentation, please send a tentative title of your abstract to aly@lsu.edu ASAP.

Call for Papers: Vibration Control in Structures for Multihazard Loadings — Shock and Vibration

Wind, wave, and seismic hazards, coupled with aging and vulnerable structures, pose the potential for damage and loss of life and property. Multihazard forces can wreak catastrophic damage to buildings, bridges, offshore structures, and the infrastructure in general. Although an individual hazard may be more significant than the other, the rapid population growth and economic development have greatly increased the potential of exposure to multiple hazards. Current design codes and hazard mitigation strategies treat hurricanes and earthquakes as completely independent, which does not account for the increased risk to structures in regions where both hazards are present. Consequently, vibration control of structures is indispensable for the safety and serviceability of the infrastructure under multihazard loadings. To do so, several control techniques can be employed. In this Special Issue, we solicit high quality original research articles as well as review articles focused on the state-of-the-art techniques and methods employed in the control of structures under multiple hazards. Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Vibration control in buildings for wind and earthquakes
  • Vibration control in bridges for wind and seismic hazards
  • Vibration control in offshore structures for wind and waves
  • Vibration mitigation in flexible structures for improved resilience and performance under synoptic and nonsynoptic wind loadings
  • Aerodynamic optimization under synoptic and nonsynoptic wind loadings for improved sustainability with resilience benefits

Manuscript Due: February 24, 2017First Round of Reviews: May 19, 2017Publication Date: July 14, 2017

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System.

2016 Annual ASCE Louisiana Section Spring Meeting.

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Sophomore Civil Engineering Student Lisa Goodgion talking about her research at WISE.

Special issue on Wind Impact on High-Rise Structures: Load Characterization, Response Evaluation and Mitigation

Wind & Structures, Volume 21, Number 5, November 2015

National Weather Service The National Weather Service (NWS) website provides weather forecasts, public warnings, and other weather-related products for protection, safety, information, and education.

Call for Abstracts/Presentations, Mini-Symposium (EMI-MS-28): Fluid Dynamics in Natural Hazards – under EMI 2016 Conference, May 22-25, 2016

The EMI Fluid Dynamics Committee is sponsoring a mini-symposium "Fluid Dynamics in Natural Hazards" for the EMI 2016 conference that will take place in Nashville, TN, May 22-25, 2016. In this mini-symposium, we solicit presenting research results focused on recent advances in the area of Fluid Dynamics in Natural Hazards. Experimental, computational, multi-scale, and multi-physics investigations for problems in wind engineering of structures are welcomed. The topics for presentations may include wind engineering for civil engineering applications, windstorm, wave, and rain impact on the built environment, atmospheric boundary layer processes, boundary layer wind tunnel testing, synoptic and non-synoptic wind processes, testing protocols, and computational wind engineering. The purpose of this meeting is to expand collaboration among scientists, academicians, and practitioners in the area of Fluid Dynamics in Natural Hazards.For interested researchers please submit your abstract to the EMI 2016 website under the mini symposium title "EMI-MS-28: Fluid Dynamics in Natural Hazards", by October 15, 2015. Please contact Aly Mousaad Aly at aly@lsu.edu if you have any questions.

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ASCE @ LSUThe American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is a professional organization with a student chapter at LSU. ASCE @ LSU strives to familiarize the students with the profession and job opportunities by inviting professional engineers to speak at bi-monthly meetings.

Katrina & Rita – A Decade of Research & ResponseFriday, August 28, 2016.Louisiana State UniversityBaton Rouge, LA

Katrina & Rita – A Decade of Research & Response14ICWE International Conference on Wind EngineeringPorto Alegre, Brazil (2015)

14ICWE International Conference on Wind EngineeringPorto Alegre, Brazil (2015)

Structural/Wind Engineering Lecture by Dr. Arindam Gan Chowdhury

Time: 3:30PM-4:20PM, Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014; Place: 1109 PFT, Civil and Environmental Engineering, LSU.

Center for Wind Hazard & Infrastructure Performance

The 2014 Int'l Conference on Advances in Wind and Structures (AWAS14)BEXCO, Busan, Korea (August 24-28, 2014)

The 2014 Int'l Conference on Advances in Wind and Structures (AWAS14)BEXCO, Busan, Korea (August 24-28, 2014)

The Sixth International Symposium on Computational Wind EngineeringHamburg, Germany (June 8-13, 2014)The Sixth International Symposium on Computational Wind Engineering Hamburg, Germany (June 8-13, 2014)

International Conference on Sustainable InfrastructureLong Beach, California (November 6-8, 2014)

International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure Long Beach, California (November 6-8, 2014)

Structural/Wind Engineering Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Girma Bitsuamlak