• News
  • Contact Us

Exponent Engineer Assists with Publication of New Wind Load Guidelines


September 23, 2011

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently announced publication of Wind Loads for Petrochemical and Other Industrial Structures.  Dr. James R. (Bob) Bailey, P.E., F. ASCE, a Senior Managing Engineer in the Building and Structures Practice, served as Chairman of the Task Committee on Wind-Induced Forces of the Petrochemical Committee of the Energy Division of ASCE which was responsible for creation of the report.

The report provides state-of-the-practice guidelines for the computation of wind-induced forces on industrial facilities with structural features outside the scope of current codes and standards. It first reviews existing design practices for pipe racks and bridges, open and partially clad frame structures, vessels, tanks, steel stacks, cooling towers, and air coolers. Recommended guidelines are then presented for design methods and the analytical determination of wind loads. Worked calculations for six example situations are included to illustrate the application of the recommended guidelines. The report is intended for use by engineers who design industrial facilities, and assumes familiarity with Standard ASCE 7, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures. It will also be useful to company managers who are responsible for establishing wind-load design and construction standards, and to local building authorities.

For information on how to obtain a copy of the publication, click here



*With permission from ASCE