University of Miami Hurricane Simulator
Miami, FL, USA
Category: Water Treatment & Storage
The Marine Technology & Life Sciences Seawater Complex is home to SUSTAIN (SUrge-STructure-Atmosphere Interaction), a hurricane simulation tool. The size of a small house, SUSTAIN has the unique ability to create category-5 level hurricanes inside the lab, across a field of waves made of real sea water pumped into the building at 1,000 gallons (3,785 liters) per minute. Its 1400-horsepower fan can generate 241km/h (150-mph) hurricane winds, a wave generator makes waves of various sizes, angles, and frequency, creating anything from a calm swell to sloppy chaotic seas, and the tank is 6m (20 feet) wide and 20m (66 feet) long, and it is made of 7.6cm (3 inch) thick clear acrylic so the conditions inside can be observed from all sides.
The PENETRON crystalline waterproofing material was applied to the foundations of the elevated hurricane testing tank to prevent any water from entering the concrete matrix, even under high hydrostatic pressure. The PENETRON crystalline waterproofing material also significantly enhances the durability of the structure.