FACILITIES


 TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

National Wind Institute at TTU

Reese Technology Center at TTU for field measurements and laboratory studies

200-m tower

200-m tower for meteorological measurements

Ka-band mobile radar

Ka-band mobile radar on trucks

 

Computing Facility

High performance computing facility on campus

VorTECH Facility

The VorTECH Tornado Simulator

Wind Tunnel

The boundary layer wind tunnel

West Texas Mesonet

The West Texas Mesonet

Debris Impact Facility (DIF)

Debris Impact Facility (DIF)


 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

NSF NHERI Wall of Wind (WOW) Experimental Facility (EF) for full- and large-scale testing

      • Up to Category 5 Hurricane Wind simulations
      • Multi-Scale Testing (full-, large-, small-scale)
      • Destructive Testing (to predict progressive failures in buildings and infrastructure elements)
      • Wind-Driven Rain simulations (to study water intrusion)
      • Non-synoptic downburst wind flow facility Automated roughness system
      • Automated 3-axis traverse system
      • Three component particle-image velocimetry (PIV) system and other state of the art pressure and load monitoring equipment

Wall of Wind

The 12 fans of the Wall of Wind

 

Wall of Wind

The building, operations and control center

Test Model

Model under test

 

Robotic Arm

The robotic arm for traverse wind measurement

Test model in WOW

A model for testing in the Wall of Wind

 

Test model of a high-set building

Testing a high-set building model in the WOW

Test model

Test model set up on the turn table in the WOW


FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

WHIRLWIND & HURRICANE IMPACT RESEARCH LABORATORY (WHIRL)

      • Hurricane risk modeling (Florida Public Hurricane and Flood Loss Models)
      • Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) System for field monitoring of hurricane pressures on buildings
      • Portable Zephir300 Lidar system from Campbell Scientific for near-surface wind profile characterization
      • Coastal Processes Research Group, including a coastal wave/weather/tide station at Sebastian Inlet, FL
      • Indian River Lagoon Research Institute,including:
      • Online circulation and wave modeling system and ensemble surge and wave modeling system for the Florida east coast
      • Hurricane post-disaster reconnaissance missions