learn.connect & collaborate. ‘Meet my Lab’: “Improving the Resilience of Infrastructure in Storms”

EURAXESS ASEAN presents ‘Meet my Lab’ – a virtual meeting point for researchers in ASEAN and across the world to learn from, to connect & to collaborate with each other.

This session will focus on “Improving the Resilience of Infrastructure in Storms” with speakers from the Vietnamese-German University (Thu Dau Mot City, Vietnam), Ton Duc Thang University (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam), and the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom).
This ‘Meet my Lab’ session will take place on 16 October 2020 from 3.00pm to 4.30pm Vietnam time (GMT+7).

RegistrationWhat is this?

‘Meet my Lab’ is a virtual meeting point profiling research teams working in the same field. The research teams will share their research work and present opportunities for collaboration. The focus is on interactivity – audience members can ask questions and engage with the presenter(s) and with each other.

Who can participate?

‘Meet my Lab’ is open to researchers in all career stages and of all nationalities. Researchers who are active directly in the research field featured in this session are invited to join this session, as well as researchers working in related fields, e.g. climate-related disaster preven­tion, applications of computer simulation in climate research, etc. To ensure optimal interac­tion, the session will be limited to 80 participants. Participation is free of charge and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

The Topic

Many typhoons occur each year in the South China Sea causing widespread damage to structures, infra­structure, transport networks and even loss of lives in countries in this area, e.g. Vietnam. Indeed, wind is one of the natural hazards leading to the largest losses for civil structures in Vietnam. Predicting typhoons, design of structures against windstorm and wind resilience, along with the Vietnamese Wind Code, are not fully established in this rapidly developing country and urgently need to be improved.

In this talk we will introduce IRIS, a three-year project to improve the resilience of slender structures to windstorms in Vietnam. The project also aims to improve wind engineering research in the country through a long-term collaboration between an established group in Computational Wind Engineering (CWE) at the University of Nottingham and a leading Vietnamese research group in environmental wind simulation at the Vietnamese-German University.

This project uses the latest developments in computer simulation and modelling to address challenges in typhoon simulation, aero-elastic instability and risk-based design against typhoon winds. This will provide a much deeper understanding of complex and challenging problems that are both scientifically attractive and of real importance. The project has also been contributing to the development of research in this field in Vietnamese Universities, training of Vietnamese Engineers and establishing new connections between engineers, meteorologists, government authorities and researchers.

Specific research questions will include the following:

  •     Typhoon tracks simulations in the North West Pacific Ocean
  •     A typhoon-based design wind speed map for Vietnam
  •     Models of aeroelastic behaviour for slender structures
  •     A risk-based resilience model of poles in typhoons in Vietnam


  •     Dr John S Owen, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
  •     Dr Cung Nguyen, Research Fellow, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
  •     Dr.-Ing. Jörg FRANKE, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering, Vietnamese-German University, Thu Dau Mot City, Vietnam
  •     Dr Quoc-Bao Bui, Associate Professor, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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