Florida University Initiates First-of-its-kind Research on Hurricanes!

By Veritis

Florida University Initiates First-of-its-kind Research on Hurricanes!

Hurricane is like a bad nightmare for every American!

Worries no more! The University of Florida (UF) is reportedly working for some ground-breaking solution.

In support to the initiative, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has reportedly extended a USD 62 million grant to UF’s Powell Family Structures and Materials laboratory to carry out the research.

The research will study the impact of high winds, especially hurricanes, on structures and intends to find early prediction measures to address the challenge, says the Research assistant scientist Ryan Catarelli.

“It allows you to run experiments that are novel. You can kind of go into new areas. The real intent is testing a model scale that allows us to predict the wind loads. In particular, that’s what we’re really interested in,” says Ryan.

Dawn Tillbury, Assistant Director for Engineering at NSF, is confident about UF’s research and expressed hope that its research models will have a significant impact on society.

“We look at both the intellectual merit how is this project going to advance the frontiers of science and engineering,” Tillbury adds.

Tillburry further explains that UF team’s research by simulating hurricanes will help the public build safer and stronger buildings.

According to Ryan, the research tool UF has developed is the first-of-its-kind and is expected to be a good model for generations in the future.

“To the best of my knowledge, there are no other systems that do this. We’re really trying to innovative and move the field forward like bring it into the 21st century. We’re really looking at automation in all of our systems and we’re looking at speeding up research,” Ryan informed.