Wind Engineering and Wind Resistant Structures DPRI-KU

Ongoing projects

Engineering for non-engineered systems

Funded by:Kyoto University
Period:2013 January – 2015 March
Principal Investigator:Kazuyoshi Nishijima
Summary:Many disasters worldwide do occur by failures of structures and infrastructure systems that are constructed without relying engineering knowledge or whose engineering knowledge is not available. This project aims at generating a body of engineering knowledge for this class of systems – we call it non-engineered systems. Thereby, efficient disaster mitigation solutions are proposed. Emphasis is given on balancing economic and safety and maintaining local societal and cultural characteristics of the systems.


Investigation of wind damage processes by Yolanda, identification of effective damage reduction measures, and its facilitation to recovery work

Funded by:JST
Period:2014 April – 2015 March
Principal Investigator:Kazuyoshi Nishijima
Summary:The project first identifies physical processes that lead damages of residential and school buildings in the affected areas during the Typhoon Yolanda. Based on this it proposes measures for mitigating typhoon-induced wind disasters by future typhoons. The project is conducted in close collaboration with the Philippine counterpart, consisting of (1) joint field survey, (2) wind tunnel experiments, material tests and flying debris impact tests, (3) modeling and analysis of considered buildings, (4) reflection and implementation of the proposed measures. This unique Filipino-Japanese collaboration is benefited from a proposal of the measures that consider various local restrictions as well as architectural and climate characteristics.

LinkJST Press Release


Program for Risk Information on Climate Change (SOUSEI)
Theme D: Precise impact assessments on climate change

Funded by:MEXT
Project members:Kazuyoshi Nishijima, Takashi Maruyama
Summary:Under the research question “How will global warming change typhoons and eco-systems?”, the project tackles oncoming problems that affect all of us. Within the research program we work for impact assessment of the climate change on typhoon-induced wind risks of residential buildings in Japan.