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Research Program

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Wind Hazard Mitigation Field
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Wind Environment/Air Pollution Fields


The School of Architecture & Wind Engineering
Global COE program secretariat 1583, Iiyama, Atsugi-shi, Kanagawa, 243-0297, Japan
TEL & FAX:046-242-9658

The progrom includes three projects, Project 1 in the area of strong wind; Project 2 in the field of moderate wind; Project 3 in the field of weak wind

The contents of three projects are as follows

[Area of strong wind]Project1
Wind-resistant design: The main targets to be achieved in materializing wind disaster prevention and mitigation are to establish damage identification methods at the urban level using satellite and aerial photos, to clarify the effects of gust events such as tornadoes on structures, to develop wind-resistant testing methods for external materials including scattered objects and repeated loadings, to clarify the aerodynamic characteristics of buildings situated in complex city environments, to improve the wind resistance of roof greening and thermal insulation of roofs accompanied by global environmental protection and energy saving, to realize GPS wind response monitoring/networking with enhanced applicability to urban disaster prevention systems and, to recommend development/repair of the wind-resistant construction methods for Asia-Pacific countries and the rest of the world. Other targets are to establish VORTEX-Winds EVO based on various analysis/design modules and knowledge bases, to develop element technologies necessary for maintenance and improvement of the above, to implement various analyses/designs and to establish a knowledge base. The final targets are to develop a gateway aimed at improving understanding of wind loads and a modeling technology and to develop rational methods for wind-resistant design and urban disaster prevention.

[Area of moderate wind]Project2
Natural cross ventilation: The Center will develop an evaluation model combining a macro model for natural cross ventilation (quantitative energy evaluation) and an unsteady-state human heat balance model (thermal sensory evaluation). The Center will use these models to develop a method for designing natural cross ventilation for sustainable buildings utilizing natural wind. It will also develop a hybrid system for dehumidifying/cooling with natural draft and radiating heat compatible with the weather conditions and racial characteristics of Asia-Pacific countries. Furthermore, it will develop analysis/design modules and a natural cross ventilation database for the framework of VORTEX-Winds EVO.

[Area of weak wind]Project3
Wind environment/air pollution: The Center will develop highly accurate assessment methods using numerical analysis for urban heat island/air pollution problems and propose measures as a guideline to improving the heat/atmospheric environment by improving natural cross ventilation efficiency of urban space.