Dr John Ginger is the Research Director of the Cyclone Testing Station, at James Cook University in Townsville.  He has been involved in research, testing and consulting in wind engineering since 1987. 

John has extensive experience in wind tunnel model studies and full-scale field tests on projects in Australia and overseas.  He has published papers and presented seminars on wind loading of structures in the areas of external and internal pressure characteristics, fluctuating loads on building components and their response, and structural vulnerability.

  • CS2001: Engineering Strength of Materials (Level 2; CNS)
  • CS3000: Structural Analysis (Level 3; TSV)
  • CS3003: Design of Steel and Concrete Structures (Level 3; TSV)
  • EG1011: Statics and Dynamics (Level 1; TSV)
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  • 2006 - Cyclone Testing Station’s representative on the Queensland Tropical Cyclone Coordination committee
  • 2003 - Committee member of Standards Australia committees BD-006 – General Design Requirements and Loading on Structures and BD-006/2 – Wind Loads
  • 1990 - Chairman of the Australasian Wind Engineering Society.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 94+ research outputs authored by Prof John Ginger from 2000 onwards.

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Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety - Contract Research

Wind driven rain-water Ingress through windows and doors.

Indicative Funding
$68,442 over 2 years
Water ingress through windows and doors is a leading cause of damage bills during severe weather. This project aims to determine basic relationships between applied pressure due to wind, amount of water incident on the window/ door and the resulting water ingress. Testing will be conducted using a specialised test chamber at the CTS capable of applying a range of wetting rates as well as both static and fluctuating pressures. The data from this project will allow the development of a standardised test method that will allow manufacturers to meet certain performance criteria to prevent unreasonable water ingress through windows and doors.
Korah Parackal, David Henderson and John Ginger (College of Science & Engineering)
Water ingress; Cyclone and Hurricanes; Wind Storms; Wind Tunnels; Full scale Testing

Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC - Research Grant

Improving the resilience of existing housing to severe wind events

Indicative Funding
$770,000 over 4 years
This research is to develop cost-effective strategies for mitigating damage to housing from severe windstorms across Australia. These evidence-based strategies will be (a) tailored to aid policy formulation and decision making in government and industry, and (b) provide guidelines detailing various options and benefits to homeowners and the building community for retrofitting typical at-risk houses in Australian communities.
John Ginger, David Henderson, Daniel Smith and Simon Ingham in collaboration with Mark Edwards, Martin Werner, John Holmes and Geoffrey Broughton (College of Science & Engineering, Geoscience Australia, JDH Consulting and TimberED Services Pty Ltd)
Housing; retrofit; Vulnerability; Resilience; Wind Loads; Hazard

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Wind loads on suspended open conical roofs (Masters , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Wind loading and dynamic response of axially supported plates (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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