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Understanding wind-borne debris

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23 March 2022

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Join ICE East Midlands Graduates and Students to explore wind-borne debris with guest speaker David Hargreaves.

When Storm Arwen hit the UK in November 2021, it caused wide-spread damage and disruption as wind-borne debris collided with critical infrastructure such as power lines. In these strong, high speed winds items of street furniture, cladding and roof tiles are torn off buildings. On impact, these items can cause immense damage and further debris to be released.

This webinar looks at several global examples of the damage caused by wind-borne debris, as well as characterising the debris and its often-complex flight modes. It will also explore the current modelling and experimental work being done in order to understand this debris flight and the risks.


 Dr David Hargreaves

Dr David Hargreaves

Engineering. University of Nottingham

Associate Professor

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Dr David Hargreaves

Since graduating as a physicist in 1989, David Hargreaves has worked as a modeler of air and water flow in the environment. His first role was with British Nuclear Fuels plc, where he created software to model groundwater flow. He held this position for five years and transferred to the University of Nottingham to earn his PhD in the spread of pollution behind moving road vehicles.

This was followed by a postdoctoral fellow in a program on ventilation of deep coal mines funded by the European Union which led to a teaching position. David later returned to the industry and worked for Fluent, a leading provider of computational fluid dynamics software. There he worked on consulting projects, customer support, sales, and gained true insights into many industries such as healthcare (drug delivery and blood flow), fuel cells, and even extrusion of dog biscuits!

Returning to the University of Nottingham, he took up his current position in the Department of Civil Engineering, focusing on modelling wind flow, whilst also working with colleagues in chemistry and mechanical engineering on many interesting projects. He teaches drainage design, water supply and flood prediction to third-year students and a fourth-year module in wind engineering. He is currently chairing the UK Wind Engineering Society, a specialised subject division of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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Daniel Stanyard