BARC special issue on W&S: call for papers

Posted on by Federico Canepa

Wind & Structures: an International Journal (IF 2019 1.922) announces an open call for original research papers for a special issue on the Benchmark on the Aerodynamics of a Rectangular 5:1 Cylinder (BARC).

– Guest Editors: Luca Bruno (Politecnico di Torino, and Maria Vittoria Salvetti (Università di Pisa,, on behalf of the BARC Organizing Committee;

– All papers should be submitted by e-mail to the Guest Editors;

– The submission deadline is March 31st, 2021. Contributions can be sent from now up to the deadline. Early contributions are encouraged;

– The publication of the special issue is planned in Autumn 2021.

Are you planning to prepare a paper for submission? Please, provide us with a tentative title and authors.

New PRACE project on BARC
The project will be developed by the fluid dynamic group of UNIMORE

Posted on by Federico Canepa

The fluid dynamic group of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (A. Cimarelli et al, has been recently awarded by the European PRACE call 21 ( for a research project on BARC (, an ANIV-IAWE-ERCOFTAC benchmark. 40 million core-hours will be used to improve the state of art in the Direct Numerical Simulation approach to BARC by significantly rising the Reynolds number towards values of interest for engineering applications.

First results to appear soon!

New website for the EU project “Hybrid Performance assessment of Sand Mitigation Measures”
HyPer SMM website in now available online

Posted on by Federico Canepa

HyPer SMM is a Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Individual Fellowship awarded to Lorenzo Raffaele under the supervision of von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (BE) and Optiflow company (FR).

The aim of the project is to assess the performance of Sand Mitigation Measures by developing an innovative hybrid approach, as a brand new design-and-assessment methodology. This approach combines highly reliable Wind-Sand Tunnel Test, and innovative Wind-Sand Computational Simulations.

You can check HyPer SMM news, events and people at

AAWE Best Journal Paper Award 2019
Call for candidatures - due date October 31, 2020

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Have you read a paper recently that is award-worthy?

The American Association for Wind Engineering (AAWE) is now soliciting the Best Journal Paper Award 2019. The nominations are due by October 31, 2020 at The link below provides the details of the award and nomination requirements:

Please participate and nominate a paper for this award!

Aerodynamic design of the new Genoa bridge at Politecnico di Milano
Wind tunnel tests and numerical simulations at Politecnico di Milano for wind safety of the new structure

Posted on by Federico Canepa

The New Genoa Bridge, recently completed, represents a symbol of the possibility to conjugate aesthetics and functionality for a large infrastructure, keeping the safety as the leading aspect of the project.

The wind engineering team from Politecnico di Milano, coordinated by Alberto Zasso, member of the ANIV Steering Committee, was responsible for the aerodynamic design of the new Genoa Bridge by Renzo Piano.

Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations together with wind tunnel tests on scaled rigid model of the bridge were performed to evaluate the structural response to the wind interaction and to assess the vehicle’s safety to the wind action.

Here below an insight into the project. Check it out!

Professor Luca Caracoglia will deliver the lecture "Performance-based engineering and resilience (PBE&R) against wind hazards" at MECHRES20

Posted on by Federico Canepa

Professor Luca Caracoglia, member of the ANIV Steering Committee, is part of an international team of experts who will deliver the Second Online Summer School on MECHANICS AND PERFORMANCE OF RESILIENT STRUCTURES AND INFRASTRUCTURES (MECHRES20).

Lectures will be delivered synchronously, via web-based platform, on September 8-11, 2020. The initiative is organized by the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering of University of Trento, Italy. It is specifically designed for PhD students, researchers and engineering practitioners.

The course will focus on the recent developments in the fields of performance-based wind engineering and resilience, meta-materials for shielding seismic excitation in process plant components, structural control system design and risk-based analysis of structures in major hazard facilities. More information may be found here:

International Advanced School on Thunderstorm outflows and their impact on structures
Genova March 1-5, 2021

Posted on by Giovanni Solari

The International Advanced School will cover synoptic, mesoscale and thunderstorm meteorology, wind storms and climate changes, wind monitoring and thunderstorm detection, downburst modelling and signal analysis, laboratory and CFD simulation of downbursts, Monte Carlo simulation of wind velocity fields, fundamentals of bluff-body aerodynamics, wind loading and response of structures to thunderstorm outflows, full-scale monitoring of structures, damage induced by local storms, research and codification perspectives.

More information at

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