The 8th Asia-Pacific Conference on Wind Engineering (APCWE-VIII) will be held during 10-14 December, 2013, at Chennai, India, organized and hosted by CSIR-Structural Engineering Research Centre. CSIRSERC is privileged to host the APCWE-VIII and is enthusiastic about conducting the same with full dedication to the cause of enhancing the knowledge of wind for the benefit of mankind and the environment.

About the Conference

APCWE-VIII aims to bring together everyone involved in research, exploration, design,analysis and monitoring of issues and problems in the field of wind engineering in a single platform for enhancing international collaboration by means of exchange of views and experiences, which will lead to successful international interaction. CSIR-Structural Engineering Research Centre (CSIR-SERC), is a constituent national laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Government of India. CSIR-SERC has been making pioneering contributions in the field of advanced structural engineering, including analysis and design of wind-sensitive structures and cyclone disaster mitigation. The Centre has established a state-of-theart boundary layer wind tunnel (BLWT) and full-scale experimental facilities, with sophisticated instruments such as Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) systems. Based on continued and concerted R&D efforts for more than two and a half decades, this Centre has significantly played a major role in the development of existing Indian Standard IS:875 (Part-3)-1987, which is presently under revision. In recent years, research efforts are also being focused on the emerging areas of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) as applied to civil engineering structures, analytical studies on wind-induced fatigue, vortex-induced oscillations on circular structures etc., to unravel the complexities of wind flow dynamics and to develop simple predictive models useful for structural
design applications.

Background

The legacy of Asia-Pacific Conference on wind engineering starts with the first event held at Roorkee/India, moving on to Beijing/China, Hong Kong/China, Gold Coast/ Australia, Tokyo/Japan, Seoul/Korea and Taipei/Taiwan. The APCWE conference is an international event regularly convened every four years under the umbrella of International Association for Wind Engineering (IAWE) and attended by wind engineering researchers and practitioners from around Asia and Pacific regions.
Outcome of these conferences have led to fine tuning of the standards and wind engineering-related codes, policy changes and, as a whole, expanded the vistas of knowledge in the field of wind engineering.