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WInd Engineering, Energy and Environment (WindEEE Dome)

November 3, 2009   by Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR)

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction is pleased to invite you to participate in a workshop with Dr. Horia Hangan of The University of Western Ontario.

The WindEEE Dome is the worlds first hexagonal wind tunnel that will allow scientists to address important scientific, economic and societal challenges related to the power of wind. It represents a technological breakthrough in the study of wind-related phenomena as it has the capability of physically simulating wind systems including tornados, downbursts, gust fronts or low-level nocturnal currents that cannot be created in any of the worlds existing wind tunnels. The $23.6-million facility will be used to understand pollutant and contaminant dispersal, wind effects on agricultural crops and forests, optimal positioning for wind farms and turbines, and for measuring the impact of wind on buildings, wind turbines and agricultural crops.

Dr. Hangan holds a Dipl. Engineering degree in Aerospace from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest and a Ph.D. in Wind Engineering from the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Hangan is a Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and a Director of The Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory. He has authored more than 160 journal and conference publications on Fluid Mechanics, Aerodynamics and Wind Environment and Wind Engineering problems.

ICLR seeks to strengthen the insurance communitys awareness of the risks associated with natural hazards. Each month we will host an informal discussion of current research and industry issues related to natural hazards. Attendance will be limited to ensure that participants can directly contribute to the discussion. The cost is $75 ($150 for non-members, if space permits) for each forum. Business casual dress.

Friday, November 13, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: ICLR, 20 Richmond Street East, Suite 210, Toronto
RSVP: Tracy Waddington (416) 364-8677

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