Tropical cyclone Yasi - load testing for timber houses on a large scale

Boughton, Geoff, and Henderson, David (2012) Tropical cyclone Yasi - load testing for timber houses on a large scale. In: Proceedings of the World Conference on Timber Engineering (2) pp. 460-468. From: World Conference on Timber Engineering 2012: Strength and Serviceability - Extreme Events, WCTE 2012, 15-19 July 2012, Auckland, NZL.

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Tropical Cyclone Yasi severely affected an area of Queensland between Mission Beach and Cardwell, with peak gust wind speeds estimated at 240 km/hour. This is just less than the wind speed that the majority of buildings in the area were designed to withstand (250 km/hour). The Cyclone Testing Station undertook an investigation into the performance of buildings under these winds and examined over 1900 houses and other low-rise buildings in the most severely affected areas. This paper has a focus on how timber elements performed under the cyclone environment. It raises the importance of selecting the correct materials and connection details not only for the day-to-day environment, but also for extreme conditions during rare loading events.

Item ID: 25420
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
ISBN: 978-1-62276-305-4
Keywords: connection details; storm tide; timber housing; timber structures; tropical cyclones; wind damage
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2013 06:35
FoR Codes: 09 ENGINEERING > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9610 Natural Hazards > 961010 Natural Hazards in Urban and Industrial Environments @ 100%
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