Mission of the WHIP Center is to pursue precompetitive research to enhance resiliency of buildings and infrastructure to resist extreme winds of hurricanes, tornadoes, and other windstorms. The principal research themes are assessment of wind hazards, estimation of exposure and vulnerability of buildings and infrastructures, and improvement of community resilience.
Wind Hazard Assessment
Better estimation of wind hazard for a community or a location and understanding of wind speeds and turbulence in hurricanes, tornadoes, and other extreme wind events within the boundary layer are part of research agenda. Field measurements and statistical analyses are pursued to obtain results that help industry partners.
Vulnerability of Buildings and Infrastructure
Vulnerability is a function of wind hazard exposure and robustness of the building and infrastructure such as transmission lines. Development of fragility curves (damage probabilities) in different type of windstorms (e.g. tornado, hurricane, downburst) for a variety of buildings and infrastructure systems will assist in improving estimation of vulnerability of the built environment.
Community resiliency is gained by providing robustness of buildings and infrastructure and improving ability to recover quickly from damage caused by windstorms. Innovative new building products and approaches to retrofit building and infrastructure systems can improve resiliency. Analytical methods and experimental testing are pursued to develop products to enhance resiliency.