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  • FIU Wall of Wind | Full and large scale wind testing and research
    years after Hurricane Andrew made landfall in South Florida IHRC has created this interactive display to teach the science remember the past and create awareness to motivate preparedness towards hurricanes in our community Frequently Asked Questions Do you have a question related to wind engineering hurricane research the Wall of Wind or any other question You may find the answer at the frequently asked questions section and if you still don t find the answer send your question to wow fiu edu and we ll do our best to answer it International Hurricane Research Center IHRC is an interdisciplinary research center focused on the mitigation of hurricane damage to people the economy and the built and natural environments The Wall of Wind is one of the tools developed and used by engineers and researchers at the Laboratory for Wind Engineering Research one of four labs that make up the IHRC Contact us for more information Contact us International Hurricane Research Center WOW News FIU and University of Miami co host 2013 ASCE southeast student conference The Southeast Student Conference of the American Society of FIU IHRC partners with Miami Science Museum for Hurricane Exhibit In partnership with the Miami Science Museum the Research The hurricane engineering creative research at FIU has confirmed the effectiveness of large and full scale wind and rain testing approaches in advancing the understanding of hurricane impacts on buildings and developing validating innovative damage mitigation products technique such as Roof Suction Mitigation Devices Rooftop Equipment Wind Screen Non Intrusive Roof to Wall Connection System etc About WOW The 12 fan Wall of Wind WOW at FIU is the largest and most powerful university research facility of its kind and is capable of simulating a Category 5 hurricane the highest rating on the Saffir Simspon Hurricane Wind

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  • About Wall of Wind | FIU Wall of Wind
    behind this state of the art machine The first prototype created by experts from FIU s wind engineering team was assembled in 2005 The original 2 fan mobile unit could generate 120 mph winds with a water injection system to simulate horizontal rain This paved the way for a larger RenaissanceRe 6 fan WOW with the ability to simulate hurricane wind characteristics and engulf large scale structures Now due to increased demand for higher wind speed testing FIU has taken yet another step forward with its 12 fan WOW The new system is capable of performing controlled and repeatable to scale testing in flows that replicate the same CAT 5 level winds as both hurricanes Katrina and Andrew This facility will not only fill the void where most current wind structure experiments fail it has the potential to be as influential to wind engineering as crash testing was to the automobile industry Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window About WOW The 12 fan Wall of Wind WOW at FIU is the largest and most powerful university research facility of its kind and is capable of simulating a Category 5 hurricane the highest rating on the Saffir Simspon Hurricane Wind Scale About IHRC The International Hurricane Research Center is a Type I research center within the State of Florida University System The IHRC is an interdisciplinary research center focused on the mitigation of

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  • Technical Aspects of the Wall of Wind | FIU Wall of Wind
    it desired velocity profiles and turbulence characteristics BOUNDARY LAYER ABL characteristics vary with the conditions of the terrain considered Design standards as ASCE7 10 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures take it into consideration and factor the effect of surrounding structures and terrain in the load conditions of the structure of interest Three different types of terrain will affect shape and thickness of the boundary layer open terrain suburban and urban areas and flat unobstructed areas TURBULENCE Besides the wind speed profile varying with height for each surface roughness condition each will have a particular turbulence content in the flow In nature flow rarely occurs in laminar form Turbulence will be present at different intensities and directions for each case Thus the importance of properly modeling the characteristics of the flow before the tests happen The WOW can generate a boundary layer profile of a Category 5 hurricane The maximum wind speeds that can be achieved are in excess of 150 mph The following graph shows a comparison between the WOW wind profile and Category 5 hurricane conditions for suburban terrain and 3 sec gust and you may download the full PDF file by clicking HERE BLOCKAGE Testing at the WOW needs to observe guidelines for maximum blockage of the wind field by the objects that are tested This will ensure a correct simulation of aerodynamic conditions for the whole test subject Oversized objects will distort the flow over and around the model and will not allow to properly study the wind effects around the whole structure The primary objective of the test measurement of aerodynamic effects vs wind resistance will also determine how much of the wind field can be blocked Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Share on Facebook

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  • Wind Engineering 101 | FIU Wall of Wind
    vicinity if a bounding surface where the effects of viscosity are significant Computational Fluid Dynamics or CFD methodology used to solve and analyze cases that involve fluid flows with numerical methods and algorithms assisted by computers Eddy a movement in a stream of fluid i e air or water in which the current doubles back on itself causing a whirlwind o whirlpool Flow separation in bluff body aerodynamics objects exposed to a moving fluid acquire a boundary layer of fluid around them flow separation occurs when the boundary layer travels far enough against an adverse pressure gradient that the speed of the boundary layer falls almost to zero and the fluid flow becomes detached from the surface of the object and instead takes the forms of eddies and vortices Hurricane is a rotating organized system of clouds and thunderstorms that originates over tropical or subtropical waters and has a closed low level circulation with maximum winds of 74 mph or higher Saffir Simpson Hurricane Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane s sustained wind speed 1 min average measured over water flat exposure at 10 m 33 ft high Hurricanes reaching category 3 and higher are considered major hurricanes LINK TO NOAA NHC Turbulence flow condition in which local speed and pressure change unpredictably as an average flow is maintained Vortex mass of fluid with a whirling or circular motion that tends to form a cavity or vacuum in the center of the circle and to draw towards this cavity or vacuum bodies subject to its action Wind tunnel is a tool used in aerodynamic research to study the effects of air moving past solid objects Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window

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  • Technical Team | FIU Wall of Wind
    new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Testing Inquiries Please contact us with your questions about testing opportunities at the Wall of Wind Wall of Wind Research and Testing Facility Florida International University FIU Engineering Center Operations and Control Center 10555 West Flagler Street Miami Florida 33174 Email wow fiu edu Phone 305 348 1146 Fax 305 348 1761 Test Inquiry Form Complete the form with your information and test information Name required Email required Website Testing Services Inquiry Stay Informed Enter your email address to receive notifications of events and activities Email Address About WOW The 12 fan Wall of Wind WOW at FIU is the largest and most powerful university research facility of its kind and is capable of simulating a Category 5 hurricane the highest rating on the Saffir Simspon Hurricane Wind Scale About IHRC The International Hurricane Research Center is a Type I research center within the State of Florida University System The IHRC is an

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  • Timeline | FIU Wall of Wind
    Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window About WOW The 12 fan Wall of Wind WOW at FIU is the largest and most powerful university research facility of its kind and is capable of simulating a Category 5 hurricane the highest rating on the Saffir Simspon Hurricane Wind Scale About IHRC The International Hurricane Research Center is a Type I research center within the State of Florida University System The IHRC is an interdisciplinary research center focused on the mitigation of hurricane damage to people the economy and the built and natural environments Testing Inquiries Please contact us with your questions about testing opportunities at the Wall of Wind Wall of Wind Research and Testing Facility Florida International University FIU Engineering Center Operations and Control Center 10555 West Flagler Street Miami Florida 33174 Email wow fiu edu Phone 305 348 4392 Fax

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  • Facility | FIU Wall of Wind
    test specimen storage and pre test preparation update Aug 13 on construction schedule Control room test viewing room and staff offices Given the nature of the experiments performed with the WOW the building is a zero occupancy zone when the WOW is operating The tests are monitored and controlled from the Control Room remotely This slideshow requires JavaScript Share this Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window About WOW The 12 fan Wall of Wind WOW at FIU is the largest and most powerful university research facility of its kind and is capable of simulating a Category 5 hurricane the highest rating on the Saffir Simspon Hurricane Wind Scale About IHRC The International Hurricane Research Center is a Type I research center within the State of Florida University System The IHRC is an interdisciplinary research

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  • WOW News and Media | FIU Wall of Wind
    of Wind 2013 The Weather Channel Aug 13 2012 CBS News Online NBC West Palm Beach AssociatedPress FIU s Wall of wind gaining international media attention FIU News FIU s 12 fan Wall of Wind WOW the largest and most powerful university research facility of its kind has been receiving media attention from around the world since its official launch in August 2012 Most recently the Wall of Wind was featured on Fox Friends Fox News Channel s morning show You can view the story here Scientists aim to blow the roof off hurricane research Reuters Twenty years after Hurricane Andrew decimated South Florida Florida International University in Miami has opened a state of the art hurricane simulator to study the destructive Wall of Wind Florida Trend Fortunately there were only two test roofs involved and the wind was confined to a big steel hangar that is part of Florida International University s International Hurricane Research Center Wall of wind puts buildings to hurricane strength test in Miami Orlando Sentinel USA Today The Palm Beach Post AP Researchers at Florida International unveiled a new 8 million dollar wind tunnel the only one of its kind that can simulate a category five hurricane Wall of Wind creates Category 5 storm in a lab WVUE New Orleans In a test demonstration Tuesday an FIU research team placed two small buildings side by side one with a roof built to the pre Andrew building codes and the other with today s standards FIU on The Weather Channel Wake Up with Al A testing facility in Miami the Wall of Wind We are at Florida International University in Miami Dave Malkoff is there joining us live FIU on WTVJ MIA NBC Today Now engineers can replicate its power with the just completed Wall of Wind The engineers here at Florida International University FIU unveils Wall of Wind simulator The Miami Herald Fortunately there were only two test roofs involved and the wind was confined to a big steel hangar that is part of Florida International University s International Hurricane Research Center FIU s Wall Of Wind Machine Generates Category 5 Hurricane Force Huffington Post At the push of a button researchers at Florida International University can have a hurricane on their hands the school s massive new Wall of Wind machine can FIU s Wall of Wind Simulates Hurricane Conditions NBC 6 Miami Days before the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew Florida International University s International Hurricane Research Center unveiled its Wall of Wind FIU s Wall Of Wind Demonstrates Hurricane s Fury CBS Local WEST MIAMI DADE CBS4 Florida International University s International Hurricane Research Center put its Wall of Wind to the test Tuesday afternoon Wall of Wind Hurricane research at Florida International University WPTV MIAMI Fla Florida International University has a brand new research tool and it s turning heads in Miami The new Wall Of Wind hopes to lead the way in Hurricane researchers use wall of wind WIVB Fast

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