Tornado Micro-burst Simulator

A tornado/microburst simulator with a text section of 20 ft (wide) x 34 ft (length) x 18ft (high) and capabilities for generating a translating microburst-like jet (6.0 ft diameter) and a tornado-like vortex (4.0 ft diameter) for model testing. The simulator is 18 ft in diameter and 12 ft tall The top speed of vortex is 35 mph and the maximum translation speed is 2 fps. This simulator has flow visualization, pressure measurement and flow diagnostics capabilities.

Positions Available

Three Ph.D. positions, Engineering Mechanics program in mechanics and materials, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor Valery Levitas group

Three positions available to perform work on federally funded projects on modeling stress-induced phase transformations, plasticity, and their interactions at nano-, micro-, and macroscales. For more information and how to apply, click here.

Aerospace Engineering Hours

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