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Russell Carter

Russell Carter

Academic Information

Degree Program: Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
Academic Focus: Structural Engineering

Research Interests

Russell R. Carter, P.E. is interested in the change in wind load design pressures and resulting structural response when a parapet wall is present around the perimeter of a building. Existing codes base roof design loads on buildings without parapets. His research has included the construction and instrumentation of a parapet wall around the top of the full-scale test building. He is comparing the wind pressures on the building surfaces with and without the parapet. The changes in the pressures result in changes to the load distribution to the supporting structure. The structural effects are being classified as changes to the Component and Cladding loads to the members.