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CIVL5668: Fundamentals of Wind Engineering for Design (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CIVL5668: Fundamentals of Wind Engineering for Design (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Chauhan, Kapil
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: Objectives:

This unit of study will introduce the fundamentals of meteorology governing wind flow, details of extreme wind events, wind structure, statistical distribution of the wind, the effect of topography and terrain changes on wind profile, investigate the fluid flow around bluff bodies, and detail the design of civil engineering structures for wind loading.

Outcomes:

This Unit will provide students with the following knowledge and skills:

On completion of this course students will have an understanding of the governing principles of wind engineering, how to predict the extreme wind speed and analyse anemographs, predict the effect of terrain and topography on velocity and turbulence, understand flow patterns around bodies, how to predict the pressure distribution and wind loading on bodies and structures, dynamic response of structures, and how all the above relates to AS1170.2.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Dr Wood, Graeme
Tutor/s: Ms Chiala Hernandez-Silva

Ms Paola Martinez
Timetable: CIVL5668 Timetable
T&L Activities: 3-hr combined lecture and tutorial per week

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
1. Ability to prepare written reports
(4) Design (Level 4)
2. An appreciation of the structural response to dynamic wind loading
3. An appreciation of the influence of terrain and topography on wind velocity and turbulence profiles
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4)
4. An understanding of the importance of wind loading in engineering
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
5. Estimate and predict the flow patterns, pressure distribution, and wind loading around bodies
6. Understand how the fundamentals relate to Standards Australia
7. An understanding of basic meteorology, storm types, historic wind data, and anemographs
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment No 60.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
2 Final Exam No 40.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
Assessment Description: Assignment: Students will be expected to submit solutions to a number of problems throughout the course. Constructive feedback will be given for individual assignments.

Final Exam: An examination at the end of the semester. The exam questions will require both calculations and discursive answers, to test understanding of the subject. The final examination is open book. More details on the format of the examination will be given in lectures, and the nature of the examination described above is subject to change.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Note on Resources: Engineering Science Data Units series Wind Engineering (on-line)

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Basic Meteorology: Introduction, general weather patterns, how wind is developed, prediction of wind from isobaric charts.
Week 2 Storm types and structure: Description and structure of various wind types (synoptic, cyclones, thunderstorms, tornadoes, shamals etc.) near the ground.
Week 3 Analysis of historic wind speed data: Probability distributions, parent and extreme value predictions.
Week 4 Flow over topography: The effect of hills and escarpments on the wind speed and turbulence profiles.
Week 5 Changes in terrain: The effect of changes in terrain roughness on the wind speed and turbulence profiles.
Week 6 Australian Standards: How the above topics are incorporated into design standards for use in Australia.
Week 7 Flow patterns: Introduction, definition of bluff bodies, streamlines, separation, pressure distribution, vortex shedding, and effects of turbulence and surface roughness.
Week 8 Mean forces on prisms
Week 9 Framed structures: Wind loading on framed and lattice structures.
Week 10 Theory of vibration: Single-degree of freedom systems, damping, response of structures to dynamic loading.
Week 11 Along-wind response of structures: Techniques for estimating the dynamic response of structures in the along-wind direction.
Week 12 Cross-wind response of structures: Techniques for estimating the dynamic response of structures in the cross-wind direction.
Week 13 Australian Standards: How the above topics are incorporated into design standards for use in Australia.
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Engineering (Environmental Fluids) 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Fluids) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2010, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Construction Management) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Environmental) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Geotechnical) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Structures) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Civil 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017
Civil / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Civil / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil (Construction Management) 2015
Civil (Environmental) 2015
Civil (Geotechnical) 2015
Civil (Structures) 2015
Civil Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) (till 2012) 2011, 2012
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Science 2011
Civil/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering) 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Civil) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Fluids) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Geomechanical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Structural) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Science 2012
Civil / Commerce 2015
Civil / Design in Architecture 2015
Civil / Medical Science 2015

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) No 14.29%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 3) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 4) No 28.58%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4) No 14.29%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 42.87%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.