National Testing Facility for Enhancing Wind Resiliency of Infrastructure in Tornado-Downburst-Gust Front Events (NEWRITE)
Iowa State’s Tornado/Microburst Simulator has been in operation since 2005. It has helped Partha Sarkar and other researchers learn more about the wind loads created by tornadoes so engineers can design buildings that can stand up to windstorms. Pictured with the simulator are doctoral students, left to right, Nayan Deep Tiwari and Mahtab Goudarzi. Photos by Ryan Riley/ISU College of Engineering.
An Iowa State University-led research team recently secured a four-year, $14 million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) to design and plan a National Testing Facility for Enhancing Wind Resiliency of Infrastructure in Tornado-Downburst-Gust Front Events, or NEWRITE.
The NEWRITE award is a component of the NSF-funded Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure, or NHERI, a national network of experimental facilities dedicated to reducing damage from natural hazards.
- Partha Sarkar, principal investigator for the proposed facility – Iowa State University
- Alice Alipour, Bill Gallus, Paul Kremer, Anupam Sharma and Sri Sritharan – Iowa State University
- Nigel Kaye – Clemson University
- Guirong (Grace) Yan – Missouri University of Science and Technology
- Luca Caracoglia – Northeastern University
- Delong Zuo – Texas Tech University
- R. Panneer Selvam – University of Arkansas
- David Prevatt – University of Florida
- Dorothy Reed – University of Washington
- Leigh Orf – University of Wisconsin