WOW – FIU unveils 12-fan Wall of Wind

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

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  1. [...] HUFF AND PUFF: It’s one thing to put a model of an aircraft in a wind tunnel, but how do researchers test buildings and other structures against hurricane forces? The answer lies with Florida International University’s Wall of Wind. 12 huge fans simulate the wind and rain of a Category 5 hurricane. The electric fan-motor units are controlled by two variable frequency drives and can generate sustained wind speed up to 157 mph or 70 metres per second. And they will blow the house down. Florida International University. [...]

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