Florida International University has given Florida new hope when confronted with hurricane season. The University’s International Hurricane Research Center has created a 12-fan Wall of Wind, a simulator designed to test the resiliency of Florida buildings against hurricane winds.
This new technology helps the government and private industries find new standards and methods of protection against Category 5-level winds.
FIU Dean of Engineering Amir Mirmiran told NBC 6 , this is the only research facility with the capability to produce Category 5-level storm winds. It tests buildings which must adhere to Florida’s strict building codes. These buildings and structures include warehouses, private homes and light poles.
The Wall of Wind will enable the housing and insurance industries the ability to test various home and building material designs to determine if they can sustain the brutal hurricane-strength winds South Florida can create. It provides a hurricane test environment and simultaneously tests for high winds and imposing rain, according to the FIU website. It also keeps track of the process and different damages caused by various force levels. With this new technology, Floridians will be even safer in the future.
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