Abstract—Structural engineers use the extreme or fastest values of wind speed with return periods such as 25 years for structures having no human occupants or where there is a negligible risk to human life, 50 years for most permanent structures, and 100 years for structures with an unusually high degree of hazard of life and property in case of failure. The data of 41 annual maximum 10-minute average wind speeds at Pisa Airport in Italy from 1951 to 1991 were analyzed and modeled. Three extreme value models for the data were considered and compared. Subsequently, the required design value with a given return period of exceedance was obtained.
Index Terms—Anderson-Darling test, design value, Frechet distribution, general extreme value distribution, goodness-of-fit, Gumbel distribution, Kolmogorov-Smirnov test, return period.
P. Chiou is with the Department of Mathematics, Lamar University, Box 10047, Beaumont, TX 77710, USA (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
W. Miao is with the Department of Mathematics, Haverford College, Haverford, PA 19041, USA (e-mail: email@example.com).
T. C. Ho is with the Department of Chemical Engineering, Lamar University, Box 10053, Beaumont, TX 77710, USA (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Paul Chiou, Weiwen Miao, and T. C. Ho, "The Annual Maximum Wind Speed at Pisa Airport in Italy," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 3, no. 3, pp.258-262, 2012.