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Frontier Research and Breakthrough
Feb 2017
Professor Li Qiusheng has made significant contributions to enhancing building safety through his research.

Structure Health Monitoring for Sky Buildings

Professor Li Qiusheng from the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has been awarded the 2016 Jack E. Cermak Medal by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Professor Li is the first Chinese scholar in the world to receive this honour, which is the highest in the field of wind engineering and industrial aerodynamics. The award presentation ceremony will be held in the US in May.

By combining and applying field measurement, wind tunnel testing, numerical simulation and theoretical analysis, his research team has made significant contributions to enhancing building safety through the systematic study of boundary layer wind characteristics and wind effects on structures.

The Wind and Structural Health Monitoring Systems developed by the research team were installed in a number of super-tall buildings including Ping An International Finance Centre in Shenzhen (640 metres high), International Finance Centre Two in Hong Kong (420 metres), Guangzhou West Tower (432 metres) and Citic Plaza in Guangzhou (390 metres). The systems can monitor wind action and pressure from typhoons on curtain walls and buildings as well as structural responses, which provide reliable scientific information and guidelines for the wind-resistant design of super-tall buildings.

(Adapted from CityU NewsCentre) Back