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Dr. Theodore Stathopoulos

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Telephone: 514-848-2424 Ext 3186
Fax: 514-848-7965


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1515 St. Catherine W. (map)
Rm: EV-6.125

Complete CV (PDF)

Dr. Stathopoulos received his Civil Engineering Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and both his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario. He joined the Centre for Building Studies, Concordia University in 1979. His work in the area of wind engineering and building aerodynamics has received national and international recognition and forms the basis for wind design of low-rise buildings in the 1990, 1995 and 2005 National Building Code of Canada.

 

Biography

Dr. Stathopoulos received his Civil Engineering Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and both his M.E.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario. He joined the Centre for Building Studies, Concordia University in 1979. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1982 and to the rank of Professor in 1987. He has been Associate Director of the Centre for Building Studies for the period 1983-1995. In 1993, he was appointed Associate Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, a position he held until 1998, when he became Director of the Centre for Building Studies for the period 1998-2001.

Since the beginning of 2003, he has been Associate Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Concordia University. Dr. Stathopoulos has established an excellent teaching record at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and has also been active in the development of educational models. In 1997, he received the Concordia Council on Student Life Teaching Excellence Award and in 2006, the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has an outstanding research record with more than 350 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings. His work in the area of wind engineering and building aerodynamics has received national and international recognition. It forms the basis for wind design of low-rise buildings in the 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995 and 2005 National Building Code of Canada, and it has been partly included in the 1982 American National Wind Standard (later ASCE 7-88, 93, 95, 98, 02, 05) and in other standards as well.

Dr. Stathopoulos has established the Building Aerodynamics Laboratory at the Centre for Building Studies and has developed, in cooperation with Dr. D. Surry of the University of Western Ontario, the so-called pneumatic-averaging technique for the measurement of area-averaged fluctuating wind pressures on buildings. This technique has been used routinely around the world. He received the Best Paper Award for the paper entitled “Wind-Tunnel Studies of Buildings and Structures” published in the ASCE Journal of Aerospace Engineering in 1996. Dr. Stathopoulos' research has been receiving continuously significant support by NSERC (operating, equipment, strategic, discovery, cooperative research and development grants), FCAR, later NATEQ (operating and equipment grants) and several other organizations. Dr. Stathopoulos has participated actively in numerous external bodies including the ASCE Standards Committee of Minimum Design Loads of Buildings and Other Structures. He has been elected America’s Regional Representative in the Executive Board of the International Association for Wind Engineering – IAWE (2003-07); and to the Board of Directors of the American Association for Wind Engineering – AAWE (2003-07). He has served on several ASCE bodies and chaired the Aerodynamics, the Experimental Analysis & Instrumentation, as well as the Wind Effects Committees of ASCE; he is a past member (Chair in 2000-01) and current Advisor of the Executive Committee of the Aerospace Division of ASCE.

He has been invited and keynote speaker, chairman and rapporteur in short courses, national and international conferences taken place in Canada, the U.S.A., Europe, Japan and Australia. He has been consultant to numerous projects on issues related to wind-building interaction. He has acted as expert witness on cases related to wind-building interaction. He also has industrial experience, gained before his engagement in research. He has been honored by the American Association for Wind Engineering and he received the 1997 Engineering Award of the National Hurricane Conference for his “exhaustive studies leading to the adoption of the new ASCE-7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures which is already leading to safer, more hurricane-resistant construction in many areas”.

He received the ASCE Aerospace Division’s Outstanding Professional Service Award for the year 2004. He has been appointed Editor of the International Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, as well as Editorial Board member of several prestigious journals in his field. Dr. Stathopoulos is a professional engineer registered in Québec, Ontario and in Greece; he is Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and also Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.


Research

  • Wind effects on buildings
  • Building aerodynamics
  • Wind environment
  • Dispersion of pollutants in the urban environment
  • Computational wind engineering
  • Codification of wind effects

Ongoing Research Projects

Ioannis Zisis, PhD Candidate

http://users.encs.concordia.ca/~i_zisis/index.html

Wind Load Paths - Engineering Design of Low-Rise Wood Buildings

The NSERC Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Project “Wind Load Paths / Engineering Design of Low-Rise Wood Buildings” entails the monitoring and collection of data from three light frame wood buildings to assess the application of environmental (mainly wind) loads and their actual transferring through the buildings’ elements to their foundation. This study examines the importance of the wind-induced pressure acting on a building, i.e. how this pressure is distributed on the surface of the structure, which load paths this pressure follows from the envelope inside the structural system and finally, how this structural system resists the applied load. This understanding will help define appropriate design loads for secondary and primary structural members for a more economical, yet safe, structural design against wind.

Bodhisatta Hajra, PhD Candidate

http://users.encs.concordia.ca/~b_hajra/index.html

Dispersion of Pollutants - Effect of Neighboring Buildings on Near-field Dispersion

The research examines the dispersion of pollutants from stacks located on buildings and in particular the effect of neighboring buildings on near-field dispersion. The research involves experimental work which is carried out in the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Lab at Concordia University. The aim is to develop a new mathematical model - or modify existing models - to assess pollutant concentrations in the vicinity of the source.

Mohamed Elsharawy, PhD Candidate

http://users.encs.concordia.ca/~m_els/index.html

Wind-Induced torsional loads on buildings

The main scope of this project is the investigation of wind-induced torsional loads on buildings. Wind tunnel tests will be conducted for several building models to examine the effect of building geometry, surroundings, terrain exposures, and wind direction. The comparisons between current national and international wind standards and building codes of practice revealed several discrepancies and the findings of this experimental study are expected to contribute to their enhancement.

Mauricio Chavez, PhD Candidate

http://users.encs.concordia.ca/~mau_chav/index.html

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and experimental study of exhaust emission dispersion in urban areas

The prediction of pollutant dispersion in urban environment is an extremely complex phenomenon, particularly in the vicinity of a group of buildings. The plume behavior depends on wind characteristics but it is also affected severely by surroundings. The objective of the current research is to better understand air pollution aerodynamics in urban areas. To achieve this goal two steps are suggested; the first one is to generate a detailed literature review summarizing relevant published recommendations regarding the setup of CFD simulations for urban airflow and dispersion. The second step is a parametric analysis for three typical cases of pollutant dispersion in an urban area. It is expected through this parametric analysis to produce concise recommendations to improve existing dispersion models, e.g. the empirical ASHRAE model. The improvement of this model could help practitioners to manage contamination of air in living or work places more effectively.

Eleni Xypnitou, MASc Student

http://users.encs.concordia.ca/~e_xypni/index.html

Wind loads on solar collectors

This is an experimental study to measure wind loads on solar collectors attached on flat roofs or placed on the ground. A number of different configurations have been modeled and several wind tunnel experiments have been carried out. The objective of the project is to generate wind load provisions for the design of such solar equipment.

Daniel Candelario-Suarez, MASc Student

http://users.encs.concordia.ca/~j_cand/index.html

Wind loads on patio covers

The study examines the wind-induced loads on attached patio covers. Detailed wind tunnel experiments are conducted in a boundary layer wind tunnel for various building geometries and patio cover configurations. The wind loads applied on the top and bottom surface of the patio cover are evaluated simultaneously in order to accurately estimate the net force coefficients. The results of this parametric experimental study are compared to previous studies and current wind standards and building codes of practice. The findings indicate the need to update the available wind standards and include sufficient information for adequate design of patio covers attached to low-rise buildings.

Neetha Vasan, MASc Student

http://users.encs.concordia.ca/~n_vasan/index.html


Teaching

Undergraduate Courses

  • ENGR 242: Statics
  • ENGR 243: Dynamics

Graduate Courses

  • BLDG 6071: Wind Engineering and Building
  • BLDG 6581: Decision Analysis
  • ENCS 8011: Ph.D. Seminar

 

 

 
 
 

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