2019 Applied Environmental Turbulence

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Graduate major in Urban Design and Built Environment
Tamura Tetsuro 
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Course description and aims

With regards to the impact of wind flows on architecture and cities, high wind speeds can lead to urban disasters or the destruction of buildings, while low wind speeds are related to urban environmental problems but also the comfort that comes with air flows inside and outside of buildings. This course focuses on wind turbulences, while students learn methods of applying computer simulation prediction technology related to wind flows to maintain the safety of architecture and cities, and achieve a better architectural environment. Based on specific examples, model creation methods, calculation methods, and usage of results are explained.

Student learning outcomes

The following objectives will be reached by this course. 1) Students understand the characteristic features of the safety and pleasantness of architecture and cities in relation to wind turbulence phenomena. 2) Students understand the basic characteristic features of wind flows for architecture and cities. 3) Based on specific examples, students acquire computer simulation skills for wind flows.


urban environment, turbulence phenomena, atmospheric pollution, heat environment, wind resistant performance of structures, disaster mitigation for strong wind, gust

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The instructor gives lectures based on hand-out materials, and assigns one exercise problems set and a report.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Turbulence phenomena of wind in cities Understand the turbulence phenomena in buildings and city.
Class 2 Turbulence simulation based on the CFD technique Study the turbulence simulation based on CFD in buildings and city.
Class 3 Application for turbulence simulation on atmospheric pollution Study the application method for atmospheric pollution.
Class 4 Application for turbulence simulation on heat problem Study the application method for heat problem.
Class 5 Estimation of wind resistant performance and safety of structures by turbulence simulation Check the wind resistant performance and its safety by turbulence simulation.
Class 6 Strong wind disaster in cities and its disaster mitigation Understand the predictive method for strong wind disaster in cities.
Class 7 Estimation of the gust phenomena and its impact on society Understand the social impact of the gust wind.
Class 8 Overview of application method for turbulence simulation on environmental and disaster mitigation problems Understand systematically the application method for turbulence simulation.


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Assessment criteria and methods

Evaluate by the exercise on application of turbulence simulation and the report on an application example.

Related courses

  • UDE.E406 : Introduction to Environmental Turbulence
  • ARC.S423 : CFD on Buildings and City
  • UDE.E404 : Basic Engineering on Thermal Environment
  • UDE.E505 : Applied Engineering on Thermal Environment

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Desirable to have a knowlege about a fundamental of fluid mechanics

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