Austin Bouchard

Austin Bouchard
Mentor: Dr. David Prevatt
College of Engineering
 
"When I first begin at the University of Florida, like most freshmen, I had a hard time deciding what I wanted as a career and determining what goals I wanted to pursue. I have always been interested in structures and architecture since I was a child, so it was only natural that I wanted to investigate the subject further and I decided that I wanted to major in Civil Engineering. But while I may have had a vague idea of what I wanted to do with my life, it was quite difficult to really see what I was to do in the future. My fall semester sophomore year, I took the course "Intro to Civil Engineering". In the class, we had many professors come in to speak of the many different fields of engineering. Some were very appealing, while others not so much. It wasn't until I heard Dr. Prevatt speak that a sudden career path started to resonate in me. I knew structural engineering was a career choice that I wished to follow, and Dr. Prevatt's work in wind research and its application really made sense to me. After speaking to a fellow classmate who was part of his research team, I became involved and am very glad that I made this decision. I enjoy the work that I do, and for once I am able to apply the lessons I learned in the classroom to real life. I am very happy I made the decision to pursue a path into research."

Major

Civil Engineering

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Structures
  • Wind
  • Building Models

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program
  • Bright Futures

Organizations

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Florida Structural Engineering Association
  • Phi Delta Theta

Volunteer

  • ESSIE Research Team
  • Stomp The Swamp

Hobbies and Interests

  • Boxing
  • Longboarding
  • Hiking
  • Baseball

Research Description

Size of Roof Pressure Zones on Monosloped and Sawtooth Roof Buildings.

I will work with Prof. David O. Prevatt on a wind engineering Project. I plan to assist Graduate Student Mr. Xinlai Peng in analyzing wind pressure tap data from several buildings with monosloped, sawtooth roof shapes. The data set I will use is taken from a wind tunnel study conducted to identify the local and area-averaged peak wind loads on the monosloped, classic and separated sawtooth roof structures. This study included several roof spans, three building heights, and three separation distances between the sloping roof monitors. Results showed no significant disparities in the external wind pressures on the monosloped roof and windward span of two- through five-span sawtooth roofs, although there are questions regarding the variations in peak pressures obtained on the three building heights.My analysis will compare the peak wind pressures in the three roof zones and how they vary as the size of those zones are increased from standard existing size in ASCE 7. I will make recommendations as to an appropriate method for choosing Zone dimensions and develop wind pressure coefficient design charts that will cover the three building height models.