It is widely recognized that the most rational way of assessing and reducing the risks of engineered facilities and infrastructures subject to natural and man-made phenomena, both in the design of new facilities and in the rehabilitation or retrofitting of existing ones, is Performance-Based Design, usually indicated by the acronym PBD (but a better term would be “Performance-Based Engineering”). The basic concepts of PBD have been applied for almost 30 years in the nuclear power plant industry; later, PBD has been formalized and developed primarily in seismic engineering but has been extended to other engineering field, like Blast Engineering and Fire Engineering. Wind engineering appears of great potential interest for further developments of PBD. The first steps in this direction go back to an Italian research project, in which the ex-pression "Performance-Based Wind Engineering" (PBWE) was coined. In this paper, the approach proposed by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) for Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering is extended to the case of PBWE. The general framework of the approach is illustrated and applied to an example case: the assessment of the collapse and out-of-service risks of a long span suspension bridge.
A Procedure for the Performance-Based Wind Engineering / Ciampoli, Marcello; Petrini, Francesco; Augusti, Giuliano. - STAMPA. - (2009), pp. 1843-1850. ((Intervento presentato al convegno Safety, Reliability and Risk of Structures, Infrastructures and Engineering Systems tenutosi a Osaka, Japan nel 13-17 September 2009.