Wind Loads on Structures


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module builds on knowledge gained in the course modules: Structural Mechanics and Dynamics, Risk and Reliability in Engineering

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Understand the nature of wind: wind profile, mean wind, extreme wind, turbulence, turbulence field – for applications for structures such as buildings, bridges and wind turbines.
  • Understand modelling and calculation of wind loads on civil engineering structuresl
  • Understand stochastic processes, stochastic dynamics and wind actions on structures.
  • Understand basic stochastic dynamics and its applications in engineering, especially for wind actions.


  • Be able to apply methods for stochastic dynamics for application in engineering, especially for wind actions.
  • Be able to calculate static and dynamic wind loads on buildings.
  • Be able to assess cross-wind load actions such as rhythmic vortex shedding and galloping.
  • Be able to assess structures exposed to wind load in ULS and SLS (comfort).
  • Be able to apply rules for wind actions in design codes.
  • Be able to assess wind loads on bridges.
  • Use correct professional terminology.


  • Be able to model, calculate and communicate wind loads on civil engineering structures.

Type of instruction

Lectures, etc. supplemented with project work, workshops, presentation seminars, lab tests.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS project module, the workload is expected to be 150 hours for the student.



Name of examWind Loads on Structures
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Individual oral or written exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleVindlast på konstruktioner
Module codeB-BK-K3A-13
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Structural and Civil Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Built Environment
DepartmentDepartment of the Built Environment
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science