Faculty/Staff Directory

Partha Sarkar

  • Professor, Associate Chair for Research
  • Courtesy Appointment to the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
  • Director of WiST Laboratory

Main Office

2343 Howe Hall
Ames, IA 50011-2271
Phone: 515-294-0719
Fax: 515-294-3262


  • Ph.D. Civil (Structural) Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 1992
  • M.S. Civil (Structural) Engineering, Washington State University, 1986
  • B.Tech. Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur), 1985

Interest Areas

  • Wind Engineering/Wind Energy
  • Wind tunnel simulations of ABL and unconventional winds (e.g. tornado, microburst) for wind loads; aeroelasticity (flutter) of civil and aero structures
  • Aerodynamic/dynamic loads and response of wind turbines

Selected Publications

  • Hu, H., Yang, Z. and Sarkar, P. (2011). “Dynamic Wind Loads and Wake Characteristics of a Wind Turbine Model in an Atmospheric Boundary Layer Wind", Experiments in Fluids, DOI: 10.1007/s00348-011-1253-5.
  • Zhang, W and Sarkar, P.P. (2011). “Near-Ground Tornado-like Vortex Structure Resolved by Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV),” Experiments in Fluids, DOI: 10.1007/s00348-011-1229-5.
  • Thampi, H., Dayal, V. and Sarkar, P. (2011). “Finite Element Analysis of Interaction of Tornados with a Low-rise Timber Building,” Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, Vol. 99, pp. 369-377.
  • Chang, B., Sarkar, P.P. and Phares, B.M. (2010). “A Time-Domain Model for Predicting Aerodynamic Loads on a Slender Support Structures for Fatigue Design,” Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, 136 (6), pp. 736-746.
  • Haan, F.L., Balaramudu, V.K., and Sarkar, P.P. (2010). “Tornado-Induced Wind Loads on a Low-Rise Building,” Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE 136 (1), 106-116.
  • Sarkar, P.P., Caracoglia, L., Haan, F.L., Sato, H. and Murakoshi, J. (2009). “Comparative and Sensitivity Study of Flutter derivatives of Selected Bridge Deck Sections: Part 1: Analysis of Inter-Laboratory Experimental Data,” Engineering Structures, 31, pp. 158-169.