This event will begin at 4:30pm AWST
There is an option to view the plenary component of the event online. Please email: Engineers Australia - WA Division [email protected] for further details and registration link.
About this event
Economic loss from cyclones in Australia is significantly higher than that from other nature hazards, the majority of these losses are caused by damage to infrastructure and buildings.
Design codes such as Australian Standards AS1170.2 impose mandatory design requirement for structures in cyclone prone regions.
Changes in the frequency of extreme weather events makes it more likely that buildings and infrastructure will need to withstand extreme wind loading during their life.
During strong winds, debris from broken trees, roof tiles and other loose objects can be propelled at high speeds towards structures, which creates significant threats to the safety of both structures and residents. Therefore, it is important to properly assess the vulnerability of structures in cyclone prone regions and develop effective and efficient mitigation and strength measures.
Who should attend this event
Companies, including SMEs interested in enhanced protection solutions for built infrastructure to improve protection against natural and man-made hazards.
4:30pm-6:30pm: Presentation by Dr Xihong Zhang
About the presenter
Dr Xihong Zhang - Senior Research Fellow
Centre for Infrastructural Monitoring and Protection, Curtin University
Dr Zhang is a senior research fellow at the Centre for Infrastructural Monitoring and Protection, Curtin University. He is an internationally renowned scholar who designs enhanced protection solutions for built infrastructure to improve protection against natural and man-made hazards. This includes development of advanced construction materials. Dr Zhang’s research provides design methods devised for engineering practice, primarily for the construction and mining. Being a world-class expert in experimental and numerical studies in structural responses under dynamic loading at both macro- and micro-scale, Dr Zhang is a pioneer who elucidated the dynamic material properties of construction materials. His research on glass window vulnerabilities under windborne debris impact has established the theoretical background to make a thorough change of conventional case-by-case laboratory validation situation for windows to be used in cyclone prone regions such as the Pilbara region in Western Australia. Having designed and conducted extensive laboratory and field tests to quantify the vulnerability and design mitigation retrofits for different structural elements under different hazards, his research outcomes have filled the gap in WA engineering practice and been adopted by researchers/industries world-wide.
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