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TECH TALK

WIND ENGINEERING & RAIN INFILTRATION MANAGEMENT About the Author: Suresh Kumar is a recognised leader in the field of wind engineering who serves as Managing Director of RWDI operations in India. Clients in India and across South Asia benefit from Suresh’s technical expertise, his skilled team of over 30 engineers and staff, and the testing capabilities of his group’s boundary layer wind tunnel testing. Suresh is also a notable thought leader in his field with an extensive history of publishing, lectures and research. Rahul P S is a specialist in wind engineering and has been part of the RWDI team for more than seven years. He holds a master’s degree in wind engineering from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and has worked on numerous structures around the world solving wind-related issues.

Map showing average onset (monsoon arrival) dates and wind directions prevalent during India’s southwest summer monsoon

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K. Suresh Kumar, Principal/Senior Consultant Rahul P.S., Specialist, Wind Engineering RWDI Consulting Engineers (India) Pvt. Ltd.

One of the primary purposes of a building is to protect the inhabitants, contents and the structure itself from the harmful effects of extreme weather and to keep them comfortable during more typical conditions. On the subcontinent of India, where the range of climatic conditions includes some of the most extreme climates in the world, this is no small challenge. For example, some northern areas near the Himalayas have a temperate and even alpine climate, whereas north-western parts of India have an arid hot desert climate. Beyond that, however, much of India’s coastal areas can be classified as tropical wet or tropical wet-dry (monsoon) climate. In addition, the Bay of Bengal, to India’s east, regularly spawns a half dozen or more cyclones per year—the equivalent of hurricane season in the Western Hemisphere’s Caribbean Ocean— typically delivering high winds and heavy rainfall. Thus, structures in many areas of India must be designed to accommodate extreme wind, rain, and the combination thereof. For example, this weather phenomenon is especially important to consider in

Window & Facade Magazine - November/December 2017 issue  

F & F Media and Publications Window & Facade Magazine (WFM) is a technical journal published by F & F Media and Publications.

Window & Facade Magazine - November/December 2017 issue  

F & F Media and Publications Window & Facade Magazine (WFM) is a technical journal published by F & F Media and Publications.

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