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Future hurricane simulator might be the answer to prevent future structural damages

Here at Karins, we continually track the latest advancements in structural maintenance and repair technology. Preparing for hurricane season is an essential part of ensuring a properties longevity.

With hurricanes becoming stronger each year, researchers are constantly looking for ways to prevent structural disasters. Climate change scientist argue that more intense storms are coming our way; and with past historical storms reaching up to 185mph, the need to collect more data, improve building conditions and plan for future disasters is becoming an urgent need. 

The Florida International University (FIU) has taken the lead in designing a testing facility (NICHE) that is capable of generating 200 mph wind speeds. The project will have the power to simulate a category 6 hurricane and predict how building components will react in these conditions. In addition, a water basin is being included, designed to churn up to 20 feet of storm surge--a force oftentimes more severe than winds. 

FIU already operates a 157mph Wall of Wind hurricane simulator with the ability to test structures such as small simulated houses, roofing materials, etc. Researchers are restricted by the size of the simulator only being able to test small scale items. This new simulator will allow testing for full-scale homes. In the past, most requirements in the building codes and wind tunnels came from the small scale studies.  Being able to test at full size grants opportunities for a greater understanding and insight into better protecting properties and saving lives. 

Read more about this cutting edge project and its plan here:

https://bit.ly/3sKl9mc

Karins is committed to restore and maintain properties, working with architects, developers, contractors, property managers and owners to protect structures, build the future and restore the past.