University of Florida NHERI EF
Virtual Workshop Series

Fall 2020 Series

Aug. 27 & 28 | Sept. 28 & 29 | Oct. 21 & 22 | Nov. 16 & 17

The Powell Family Structures and Materials Laboratory at the University of Florida (UF) is one of the designated shared-use Experimental Facilities under NSF’s Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) program. The UF NHERI EF is primarily dedicated to studying extreme wind events in its state-of-the-art boundary layer wind tunnel (BLWT). Details of the UF NHERI EF can be found at

The University of Florida EF is hosting a series of virtual workshops for potential users interested in wind hazard research. The goals of the workshops are to:

  • Introduce potential users to the experimental capabilities offered by the UF NHERI EF
  • Provide details on the services offered to users from proposal development to project close-out
  • Present opportunities for the competitive pursuit of NSF funding and initiate proposals that utilize the EF
  • Facilitate networking with fellow researchers
  • Provide in-depth information on the EF’s novel experimental technologies (Technology Focus areas will vary by workshop; topics to include: Test Automation, Flow Field Modulator, PIV System, and Hybrid Simulation)

Each workshop will be held via Zoom in two, interactive half-day sessions over a two-day period. The first half-day will provide an overview of the facility (the same for each workshop) and the second half-day will include a Technology Focus, an in-depth session on a specific aspect of the EF (different for each workshop). Proposal development meetings between individual researchers and EF personnel will be scheduled in the week following the workshop. Participants interested in more than one Technology Focus are encouraged to register for more than one workshop but only participate in Day One on one occasion.

Day One (all times EST)

1:00 – 1:15pm

Welcome / Opening Remarks

1:15 – 2:30pm

Participant Introductions and Research Interests

2:30 – 3:00pm

Overview: NHERI Program and UF EF

3:00 – 3:10pm

Short Break

3:10 – 4:40pm

Virtual Tour of EF (Video and Live Tour)

Day Two (all times EST)

1:00 – 1:30pm

Working with UF EF: User Services and Funding Opportunities

1:30 – 3:00pm

Technology Focus (see below)

3:00 – 3:10pm

Short Break

3:10 – 4:10pm

Recent Projects at UF (Emphasis on Technology Focus)

4:10 – 4:40pm

Wrap-up and Group Discussion

Technology Focus Dates


BLWT Test Automation: High throughput testing with the Terraformer and instrumentation gantry


BLWT Hybrid Simulation: Wind tunnel testing coupled with numerical models


Particle Image Velocimetry: Stereoscopic PIV for 3D flow measurements in the BLWT


Flow Field Modulator: Non-neutral and nonstationary boundary layer generation

Note: Individual Proposal Development Meetings by Appointment

Webinar Registration

Please rank your preferred workshop dates: (1 for most preferred, 4 for least preferred, NA if not available)