The FIU Wall of Wind accurately simulates hurricane conditions, allowing researchers to create wind-proof structures. The giant wall made up of 12 powerful fans and sprinklers, which simulates rain, is used against models of houses to determine the best way to protect buildings from destruction.
Hurricanes all over the world can be destructive and dangerous, resulting in mass damage along their paths.
With the wind simulator, the FIU engineering team is able to set wind and rain conditions as necessary to test out structures in their own facility rather than having to go out and look for a storm.
The FIU Wall of Wind helps researchers learn how to build resilient structures that will minimize hurricane impact and trauma.