Research Facilities

The Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory (BLWTL) is a cutting-edge facility for developing wind tunnel testing and analysis methods and providing planners at the design stage of projects with important solutions to complex wind engineering problems. BWTL has contributed to most of the world’s major advances in wind engineering since it was established in 1964.

BLWTL facilities

The Insurance Research Lab for Better Homes (IRLBH) – which hosts the “Three Little Pigs” project – is the first facility in the world to subject full-scale homes to simulated winds up to a category five hurricane in order to make them safer and increasingly cost-effective.

IRLBH facilities

The Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment (WindEEE) Dome, the world’s first hexagonal wind tunnel, represents a technological breakthrough in the study of wind-related phenomena as it has the capability of physically simulating high intensity wind systems – including tornados, downbursts, gust fronts or low-level nocturnal currents – that cannot be created in any of the existing wind tunnels.

WindEEE facilities

The Advanced Facilities for Avian Research (AFAR) is a specialized centre providing the infrastructure and initiative to facilitate interdisciplinary studies of bird behavior, physiology and neurobiology.

AFAR facilities