Gregory Kopp, Western University

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor London, Ontario gakopp@uwo.ca Office: (519) 661-2111 ext. 87572

Bio/Research

Professor G.A. Kopp received a B.Sc.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1989, a M.Eng. from McMaster University in 1991 and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1995. Between 1995 and 1997 he held a NSERC Post-doctoral Fellowship in the...

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Bio/Research

Professor G.A. Kopp received a B.Sc.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1989, a M.Eng. from McMaster University in 1991 and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1995. Between 1995 and 1997 he held a NSERC Post-doctoral Fellowship in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain. He returned to Canada in the summer of 1997 to an appointment of Assistant Professor at the University of Western Ontario and as a Senior Research Engineer at the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory. He was promoted to Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering in July 2007. He currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Wind Engineering and is a Faculty Scholar in the Faculty of Engineering. Dr. Kopp is currently also a Research Director and a member of the Board of Directors of the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory.

Research Interests Ph.D. and Postdoctoral Research Identifying coherent structures (large turbulent 'eddies') in turbulent shear flows with pattern recognition techniques and how these structures relate to momentum transfer, mixing and the spread of turbulence The effects of bluff body geometries on vortex shedding The application of rapid distortion theory to predict the effects of a uniform irrotational strain on far wake coherent structures Since joining Western in 1997 Wind effects on low-rise buildings (wind loads generally, effects of parapets, loads on roof mounted equipment such as solar arrays) Development and implementation of the pressure loading actuators (PLAs) for the 'Three Little Pigs' project The aerodynamics of wind-borne debris with application to plywood sheathing, shingles and roof tiles Codification of wind loads for low-rise buildings Performance of glass panels under dynamic wind loads Use of proper orthogonal decomposition, linear stochastic estimation and artificial neural networks as simulation and interpolation tools Geometric (body shape) effects on vortex shedding and vortex-induced oscillations of bridge sections Suppression of vortex shedding by asymmetric geometries, in particular suppression of shedding from rotating cylinders and from square cylinder placed near a wall Application of the discrete vortex method to flow around bridge sections Formation of hydraulic intake vortices Hurricane wind field models Multi-wire hot-wire anemometry techniques and laser-based velocimetry (LDV and PIV) Current interests Primarily in the area of bluff body aerodynamics and wind effects on structures Integration of wind tunnel and full-scale test methodologies The role of turbulence on the aerodynamic loads on low-rise buildings Aerodynamics of wind-borne debris Geometric (body shape) effects on the vortex-induced response of long span bridges


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