Working With Us: Industry

 

The 12-fan NHERI Wall of Wind Experimental Facility (WOW EF) 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-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. At FIU, we are dedicated to conducting impactful research and are uniquely positioned to address the many challenges of creating a more hurricane resilient community through innovative product and technology development.

What Can the NHERI Wall of Wind Experimental Facility (WOW EF) Do For You?

The Wall of Wind team is partnering with commercial industry for testing and validating “code-plus” concepts and products, including forensic engineering and modeling in our research facility.

Examples of what can be tested at the WOW:

  • Roofing materials
  • Wall cladding
  • Building rooftop equipment
  • Louver systems
  • Fenestration products (windows, doors, curtain walls)
  • Solar collectors
  • Building assemblages (housing, emergency shelters, tents)
  • Architectural features
  • Sustainable building envelope systems
  • Transportation structures (bridges, road signs, light poles, traffic signals)
  • Electrical transmission structures
  • Research for product development

Examples of our testing capabilities are available here.

The services provided by the NHERI WOW EF to industrial partners include:

  • Design, construction, and instrumentation of test specimens
  • Test protocol development and software implementation
  • Operation of the wind tunnel
  • Data acquisition, archiving, and curation
  • Processing and post processing of the data
  • Safety training
  • Telepresence for remote participation

How to Start?

View the process from initial contact, to proposal submission, to project execution (flow chart coming soon)

Cost Structure

The external Usage Rates and Cost Breakdown document provides the rates associated with Industrial Projects as well as a breakdown of the costs covered under each service.