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The Resource Wind wizard : Alan G. Davenport and the art of wind engineering, Siobhan Roberts

Wind wizard : Alan G. Davenport and the art of wind engineering, Siobhan Roberts

Label
Wind wizard : Alan G. Davenport and the art of wind engineering
Title
Wind wizard
Title remainder
Alan G. Davenport and the art of wind engineering
Statement of responsibility
Siobhan Roberts
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
With Wind Wizard, Siobhan Roberts brings us the story of Alan Davenport (1932-2009), the father of modern wind engineering, who investigated how wind navigates the obstacle course of the earth's natural and built environments--and how, when not properly heeded, wind causes buildings and bridges to teeter unduly, sway with abandon, and even collapse. In 1964, Davenport received a confidential telephone call from two engineers requesting tests on a pair of towers that promised to be the tallest in the world. His resulting wind studies on New York's World Trade Center advanced the art and science of wind engineering with one pioneering innovation after another. Establishing the first dedicated "boundary layer" wind tunnel laboratory for civil engineering structures, Davenport enabled the study of the atmospheric region from the earth's surface to three thousand feet, where the air churns with turbulent eddies, the average wind speed increasing with height. The boundary layer wind tunnel mimics these windy marbled striations in order to test models of buildings and bridges that inevitably face the wind when built. Over the years, Davenport's revolutionary lab investigated and improved the wind-worthiness of the world's greatest structures, including the Sears Tower, the John Hancock Tower, Shanghai's World Financial Center, the CN Tower, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, the Sunshine Skyway, and the proposed crossing for the Strait of Messina, linking Sicily with mainland Italy. Chronicling Davenport's innovations by analyzing select projects, this popular-science book gives an illuminating behind-the-scenes view into the practice of wind engineering, and insight into Davenport's steadfast belief that there is neither a structure too tall nor too long, as long as it is supported by sound wind science
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Roberts, Siobhan
Dewey number
624.1/75
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
TA654.5
LC item number
.R636 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Davenport, Alan G
  • Davenport, Alan G
  • Hochhaus, ..
  • British Centre Die Brücke Düsseldorf
  • Wind-pressure
  • Buildings
  • Bridges
  • Aerodynamik
  • Windlast
  • Bridges
  • Buildings
  • Wind-pressure
  • Presión del viento
  • Construcción
  • Puentes
Label
Wind wizard : Alan G. Davenport and the art of wind engineering, Siobhan Roberts
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Sowing wind science -- Tall and taller towers -- Long and longer bridges -- Project storm shelter -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Interview sources -- Glossary
Control code
ocn788266323
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
278 p.
Isbn
9780691151533
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012015170
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40021683161
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780691151533
  • (OCoLC)788266323
Label
Wind wizard : Alan G. Davenport and the art of wind engineering, Siobhan Roberts
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Sowing wind science -- Tall and taller towers -- Long and longer bridges -- Project storm shelter -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Interview sources -- Glossary
Control code
ocn788266323
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
278 p.
Isbn
9780691151533
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012015170
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40021683161
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780691151533
  • (OCoLC)788266323

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