Visit the New Technabob Shop!Get Technabob in Your Mailbox! Join our Mailing List! | Follow Us: Facebook | Twitter
Awesomer Media Sites: THE AWESOMER | MIGHTYMEGA | 95OCTANE
subscribe to our rss feedsubscribe via e-mailfollow technabob on twittertechnabob facebook fan pageGoogle+follow us in feedly
Follow Us:

Category 5 Hurricane Simulator Will Blow You Away, Literally.

by Paul Strauss

After living in New Orleans for a number of years of my life, I can speak from experience that hurricanes can be serious business. So the more we can learn about how hurricanes and tropical storms work, the more prepared that we can be for disaster, and the more lives and property can be spared from nature’s fury. In the interest of learning more about these storms, one university has built the world’s only category 5 hurricane simulator.

hurricane_simulator

The machine, dubbed the “Wall of Wind” (WoW) is basically an array of twelve massive, 700 horsepower fans, which can generate sustained winds of up to 157 MPH. Specialized technology allows it to emulate the wind turbulence of a real hurricane, and it can even simulate the driving rains of a real storm through its water-injection system.

The Wall of Wind is installed at Florida International University’s International Hurricane Research Center, at a cost of about $8 million (USD). The simulator will be used to test the structural integrity of building materials and construction techniques with the goal of improving safety and survivability of the deadliest of tropical weather.

[FIU News via Gizmodo]




Post a Comment:

Want a personal avatar on your comments? Sign up for a free Gravatar now!

Note: All comments with links in them will be held for moderation in order to prevent spam, so you may not see your post appear immediately.

Our Latest & Greatest Posts...

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Return to SNL Weekend Update Desk... Sort of.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Return to SNL Weekend Update Desk... Sort of.

Solid Chocolate Nike Air Max 90 Sneaker: Just Chew It

Solid Chocolate Nike Air Max 90 Sneaker: Just Chew It

3D Printed Legend of Zelda Hookshot & Bombchu: Get Up Close & Arsonal

3D Printed Legend of Zelda Hookshot & Bombchu: Get Up Close & Arsonal

Mjölnir Hammer Replica: Small, But Mighty

Mjölnir Hammer Replica: Small, But Mighty

Yeair! Quadcopter Has Gas Engines: Older, Better, Faster, Stronger

Yeair! Quadcopter Has Gas Engines: Older, Better, Faster, Stronger

Win Prizes in the Technabob Shop

More from Awesomer Media...

The Awesomer Logo MightyMega Logo 95octane Logo
discussion by