Wind Loads

Basic Wind Loads -The Law and Implementation

After completing this course, you will:

Be better prepared and more authoritative in your work with wind loadings
Better understand common misgivings and misinformation about what to do and when to do it regarding wind loads Be aware of new avenues for you to reach out into

Introduction

Wind Loading

For a fun sample of what we are looking for in wind pressures, check out this web site and enter 300 as the size of a sail (a 10 foot high wall 30 feet long) and 110 as the wind speed:

Sail Wind Load Calculator Pretty impressive loads we need to restrain!

Below is a snippet out of a newspaper: As you can see, changes are eminent ? (note that she says ASCE 7-03 a publication that was not published! -or is she mistaken? Did she mean ASCE 7-02, the then future code? I believe so, she was speaking when ASCE 7-98 was still in force. Would you have known that?).

Florida Law changed after recent storms. The testing and coding underway by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) and standards developed by American National Standards Institute (ANSI) were quickly dusted off and made into law.

ASTM is a standards development organization that serves as an open forum for the development of