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These DIY tornadoes are designed to improve the stability of buildings

Wired UK (April 06, 2015)

“Unlike conventional wind tunnels, the lab can replicate a variety of conditions. [...]
The researchers use the observations to optimise production and to devise ways to protect turbines from storms.” [read full article]


Bottling Tornadoes to Inform Structural Design

Engineering News-Record (January 21, 2015)

“The hexagonal lab can reproduce tornadoes up to an Enhanced Fujita 4, the second-highest tornado classification. This is the first year the lab started fully operational testing, and Hangan already is getting results.” [read full article]


Post-Haiyan, a New Paradigm Is Needed to Prepare for Storms of the Future

The Huffington Post (November 11, 2013)

“One of the many practical applications of WindEEE is that it can help us understand more about vulnerability to turbulence from the level of a community to the level of individual buildings and structures, including high-rise towers, so that we can develop better design codes. This is especially important given the number of buildings being constructed right across the world, especially in coastal areas and/or growing mega-cities.” [read full article]


New storm patterns require new wind engineering

Thomson Reuters Foundation (October 29, 2013)

“A key challenge is that traditional wind tunnels widely used today for science and testing applications from planes to cars, buildings and air quality applications create uni-directional, and constant speed air flows. They simply cannot reproduce the complex space and time variation of localised wind storms that we are seeing increasing today. Moreover, due to their size and geometry, traditional wind tunnels are also not capable of reproducing all scales of wind motions involved in wind energy and wind environment studies.” [read full article]


The WindEEE Dome ushers in a new era in wind research

Business London (October, 2013)

“Some other features include sheared flows, varying wind speeds from left to right or top to bottom, and any configuration in between. It can also do gusting flows. [It is] the world's first 3D wind chamber.” [read full article]


The hexagonal wind tunnel

Canadian Geographic (October, 2013)

London,Ontario dome built to explore wind

Daily Commercial News (September 4, 2012)

Mike Holmes: Labs replicating tornadoes to learn to build better

National Post (September 10, 2011)

Wind dome reproduces tornadoes

The Weather Network (March 18, 2011)

Major wind research facility set for Advanced Manufacturing Park

Western News (April 30, 2010)

Hexagonal wind tunnel to look at tornadoes

Wind Tunnel International (2009 Annual Review)

Vicious storm fronts moving in to WindEEE Dome

Toronto Star (November 2, 2009)

WindEEE Dome will fill critical void in wind engineering research

Canadian Underwriter Magazine (November 13, 2009)

Windfall brings London world 1st

London Free Press (June 19, 2009)

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