Defining Wind Engineering

1965

Known as the father of modern wind engineering, Alan Davenport’s research into wind’s impact on built and natural environments improved the stability of structures around the world. He established at Western University the first boundary layer wind tunnel for civil engineers. The tunnel allowed him and his colleagues to detect vulnerabilities and to redesign tall buildings and long bridges to be more resilient.

Davenport’s equation for measuring wind flow and load increased the safety of many of the world’s tallest buildings, including the CN Tower and the Sears Tower (now called the Willis Tower).

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