Wind Research Laboratory (WiRL) is comprised of atmospheric scientists and engineers that conduct specialised, interdisciplinary research in the following areas:

Current projects

6. Unsteady bluff body aerodynamics

Unsteady bluff body aerodynamics
Wind loads on bluff bodies

This project seeks to understand the fundamental nature of wind loads on bluff bodies subject to highly non-stationary wind fields. In concept this represents the wind loading scenario that would occur during a severe thunderstorm outflow or tornado. Research is being undertaken on two fronts, 1) experimentally in the School’s Unsteady Wind Tunnel, and 2) observationally through analysis of full scale measurements of wind loads on buildings during these types of events. Initial work on this project has been funded through an internal UQ grant and is being undertaken in collaboration with researchers from the University of Illinois.