Open PhD position in Wind Engineering at Northeastern University

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A stimulating PhD Position in Wind Engineering and Wind-based Harvesting Systems is available at Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA.

Apply now! Please refer to the call for further details

PhD position on “Non-synoptic windstorm risk mitigation by downscaling climate predictions for climate-change resilient port infrastructures” available at the University of Genoa
The deadline for applications is set on November 11, 2021 at 12 pm CET

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In the context of the Ph.D. Programme in “Security, Risk and Vulnerability” (, Curriculum “Risk and Resilience Engineering of Natural, Industrial and Built Environments”, the University of Genoa (Italy) opens a Ph.D. position on Non-synoptic windstorm risk mitigation by downscaling climate predictions for climate-change resilient port infrastructures (link, Research topic B)

Link to the call
Deadline for application: November 11, 2021 at 12 p.m. CET

For information please contact: Prof. Massimiliano Burlando, e.

Special Issue of Applied Sciences on “Wind Engineering for Bridge Structures: Latest Advances and Prospects”
The call for papers is now open!

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Wind engineering practice and research in bridge structures require a multidisciplinary approach at different stages, encompassing all, or a subset of the following: onsite wind characterization, wind tunnel testing, wind actions modeling, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations, non-heuristic design methods, and structural monitoring.

This Special Issue welcomes submissions addressing cutting-edge practical applications, feasibility studies, and research in the above topics. The overall goal is to outline future trends in wind engineering applications in bridge design.

Further information can be found here.


Guest Editors:

Felix Nieto, University of A Coruña, Spain.

John S. Owen, University of Nottingham, UK.

Ole A. Øiseth, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.

The last book by Prof. Giovanni Solari
The presentation of the book "Nel Vento e nell'Ingegneria" authored by Prof. Giovanni Solari will be held in Genoa on September 15th, 2021

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The last book authored by Giovanni Solari “Nel Vento e nell’Ingegneria” will be presented in Genova, Villa Cambiaso, on Wednesday, September 15th 2021 at 5.45 p.m. The event will take place in person only. Reservation at and green pass are mandatory.

The e-book is available in open access here. It is possible to purchase the printed version at the Genova University Press or order it here: the proceeds will be donated to charity in favor of the Associazione Gigi Ghirotti.

More information can be found at:

“Durante i miei studi in ingegneria civile mi sono casualmente imbattuto nel vento e nei suoi effetti sulle costruzioni. Ne è scaturita una folgorazione che è diventata il tema portante della mia esistenza, dando luogo a una triade di aspetti rari: un ragazzo diventato prima ingegnere e poi professore rimanendo legato alle sue origini umili; lo studioso che ha fatto della ricerca una ragione di vita; il professionista che ha avuto il privilegio di lavorare a opere simbolo. Il libro accompagna il lettore in un viaggio nel vento e nell’ingegneria intriso di esperienze umane e professionali che hanno dato luogo a una vita incalzante, varia per interessi e conoscenze, ricca di momenti belli e pregni di tensione, generosa per i risultati ottenuti e per gli insegnamenti ricevuti.” (Prof. Giovanni Solari)

14th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering
The 14th ACWE will be held in Lubbock, Texas, USA on May 17-19, 2022

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The 14th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering (14th ACWE) will be hosted by the National Wind Institute at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, United Stated on May 17-19, 2022.

As one of the Premier Conferences for the international Wind Engineering community, the ACWE brings together scholars and practitioners in areas such as wind climate, wind loading on structures, performance of structures in wind, environmental effects of wind, socioeconomic impacts of wind hazards, and wind energy.

Submission of abstracts is now open, and the key dates before the Conference are as follows:

August 15, 2021: Early Registration & Abstract Submission Opens

October 15, 2021: Abstract Submission Closes

December 1, 2021: Notification of Acceptance

March 1, 2022: Full Paper Submission Deadline

March 15, 2022: Early Registration Closes

More information about the 14th ACWE can be found on the Conference website.

“International Advanced School on Thunderstorm Outflows and their Impact on Structures” – New dates 4-8 October 2021
The IAS School will be held in Genoa in person or remotely

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The GS-Windyn Research Group ( is pleased to announce that the “International Advanced School on Thunderstorm Outflows and their Impact on Structures”, organized in the framework of the ERC THUNDERR Project ( and postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic emergency, will be held in Genoa on October 4-8, 2021. Participants will be able to attend the IAS in person or remotely.

The updated program of the event, and registration instructions, are available here

Windblown Sand among the most inspiring research and innovation projects across Europe

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The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission celebrates the H2020/MSCA completed and ongoing projects SMaRT and HyPerSMM with the article “Saving railways from sand” ( published on “Horizon, The EU Research & Innovation Magazine” (

Enjoy reading it!

Ph.D. course on “Risk Analysis, Resilience and Life Cycle Cost Assessment of Structures against Wind Hazards”
The course will be given by Prof. Luca Caracoglia from May 10th to May 27th (18 hours) by Teams platform

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Prof. Luca Caracoglia from Northeastern University (USA) will give a Ph.D. Course at University of Perugia on “Risk Analysis, Resilience and Life Cycle Cost Assessment of Structures against Wind Hazards”.

The course will present the latest developments in the field of performance-based engineering and resilience against wind hazards.

Course modules will focus on modeling of wind fields, turbulence and aerodynamic loads for structural engineering. Dynamic analysis methods will be applied to the structural response under random wind loads. Applications will discuss probability principles related to design of long-span bridges and tall buildings.

Further information can be found here

Ph.D. training course on “Extreme Winds and their Interactions with Civil Structures”
The course will take place from May 17th to June 14th (10 hours)

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To respond to the more frequent and intense wind hazards around the world, Dr. Grace Yan, Associate Professor of Missouri University of Science and Technology, Director of Hazard Mitigation and Community Resilience and of Wind Hazard Mitigation (WHAM) Laboratory, will offer a short course: “Extreme Winds and their Interactions with Civil Structures”. This course will provide the information on the wind effects of extreme winds and hazard-resistant design. It will cover fundamentals of bluff-body aerodynamics, ASCE7-16 specifications on design wind loading, and non-synoptic winds (tornadoes and hurricanes) and hazard-resistant design. The advanced research in WHAM lab will inform teaching.

The course will take place from May 17th to June 14th, for a total of 10 hours.

Further details can be found here

Call for papers “Risk-Informed and Life-Cycle Analyses of Structures and Infrastructures”

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A call for abstracts is open for the Special Collection on
“Risk-Informed and Life-Cycle Analyses of Structures and Infrastructures”
that will be published in the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering.

The Special Collection is motivated by the increasing interest, within the structural engineering community, of risk-informed, life-cycle analysis for the design of modern structures and infrastructures, and for the retrofitting of aging ones.

Further details here

Guest Editors:

Luca Caracoglia, Northeastern University, Boston, USA,

Jamie E. Padgett, Rice University, Houston, USA,

Ilaria Venanzi, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy,

Call for papers: “Physical and Numerical Simulation of the Flow around Porous Elements and Double Skin Façades”

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Porous elements are becoming increasingly popular in modern architecture. In particular, porous barriers are often mounted on bridge decks in order to protect vehicles against strong cross-winds while porous claddings can be used in order to visually emphasize the volume of framed structures. Their use is becoming particularly important also as external layer of double skin façades, often used to improve the building performance in terms of internal comfort and energy consumption.

This Special Issue will collect contributions focused on the simulation of the flow around porous elements and double-skin façades by means of both physical and numerical models. Contributions might include fundamental research as well as detailed descriptions of case studies, developing cutting-edge methodologies for their analysis.

Please visit the following link for further details: link

Dr. Luca Patruno
Prof. Dr. Stefano de Miranda
Guest Editors

ANIV-WES joint webinar: reply to discussion by Vento-CFD

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In the wake of the first ANIV-WES joint seminar “Good Practice for use of Experimental and Computational Methods for Wind Pressures on Structures and Facades”, ANIV is pleased to disseminate the reply to discussion by Vento-CFD Company.
The document is also available for download here.

The 6th AAWE Workshop hosted online by Clemson University on May 12-14, 2021

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The Department of Civil Engineering at Clemson University will host the 6th AAWE (American Association for Wind Engineering) Workshop. AAWE Workshops are focused on student and early career presentations. The workshop will include several keynote addresses and panel discussions on wind engineering practice and future directions for wind engineering research.

Abstracts are due on March 19, 2021.

Further information may be found here

Second International Symposium on Dynamics and Aerodynamics of Cables (ISDAC 2021) at the University of Stavanger (Norway)
The Symposium will be held on 16-17 September 2021

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Professor Jasna Bogunovic Jakobsen recently announced that the next Symposium on the Dynamics and Aerodynamics of Cables (ISDAC2021) will be held at the University of Stavanger (Norway) on 16-17 September 2021. This venue will bring together researchers from various fields of dynamics, wind engineering and health structural monitoring on a subject relevant to the analysis and design of elements present in several structural, mechanical systems and more (e.g. applications related to DNA chains in science).

ANIV researchers have been very active in this research space over the years. This initiative well reflects the activities and contributions of the ANIV group. Two of the current ANIV steering committee members (Profs. A. Zasso and L. Caracoglia) will serve as members of the scientific committee for this event.

Abstract and paper submission is encouraged from all members.

More information may be found here

“Wind Load Uncertainty Effects on Long-Span Bridge Aeroelasticity”
The webinar will be given by Luca Caracoglia and hosted at the University of Perugia (remotely via Microsoft Teams) on December 9th

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Professor Luca Caracoglia (Northeastern University) will present the talk titled “Wind Load Uncertainty Effects on Long-Span Bridge Aeroelasticity: from Stochastic Dynamics to Artificial Intelligence Surrogate Models”, where the relevance of wind load uncertainty propagation on wind-induced bridge vibrations will be examined. In the first part, reduced-order models will be employed to estimate the stationary probability distribution of a generalized variable vector, simulating the wind-induced bridge response contaminated by various error sources. The second part will examine Monte-Carlo simulation algorithms for uncertainty quantification and to study the loss of performance in a long-span bridge, produced by wind-induced vibration. Finally, in the context of flutter instability, the study will introduce how Artificial Intelligence can be innovatively employed to estimate bridge flutter occurrence without requiring the direct solution of the equations of motion.

The webinar will be hosted on December 9th 2020 at 11:30 AM (CET) at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Perugia, remotely via Microsoft Teams platform.

Please contact for more information and how to access the webinar.

Flyer of the event: Webinar_Caracoglia

Special Issue of Applied Sciences on Advances on Wind Engineering and Aerodynamics
The call for papers is now open!

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Dr. Sara Muggiasca and Dr. Tommaso Argentini are pleased to coordinate, as Guest Editors, the Special Issue of Applied Sciences on ‘Advances on Wind Engineering and Aerodynamics’. They would like to collect new research papers from the wind engineering community with particular reference to:

  • Wind loads on façades
  • Long-span bridge aerodynamic behaviour
  • High-rise building aerodynamic behaviour
  • Wind effects on roofs
  • Atmospheric modelling for civil applications
  • Field measurements and health monitoring
  • Urban flow dispersion modelling
  • Wind environment/human comfort

Further information can be found at the following link:

BARC special issue on W&S: call for papers

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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