Presenter: Kurtis R. Gurley, Ph.D.
Dr. Kurtis R. Gurley is a professor of civil engineering at the University of Florida. His primary areas of research are wind effects on residential structures and stochastic modeling of extreme winds and structural resistance. Dr. Gurley has largely focused on in-field measurement and modeling of ground-level hurricane winds and wind loads on occupied coastal residential structures. This field data is coupled with post-storm residential damage assessments, laboratory evaluations of component capacities, and wind tunnel studies to model the vulnerability of residential structures to hurricane wind damage. Dr. Gurley is an Associate Editor for ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, and the Associate Director of the UF Engineering School for Sustainable Infrastructure and the Environment.
Natural Hazards Engineering 101: Abstract
The target audience for this seminar includes faculty and graduate students with an interest in wind hazard research. No prior wind engineering background is necessary. The seminar will include a broad overview of ground level atmospheric wind and its interaction with infrastructure, quantification and statistical characterization of wind loads, and current trends in experimental and computational methods. Major wind research facilities will be introduced, including the NHERI experimental facilities at the University of Florida and Florida International University.
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