Wed. Feb. 19th, 9:00am OR 1:00pm
Tour 1: Bus leaves Western 9:00am, returns by 11:45am
Tour 2: Bus leaves Western 1:00pm, returns by 3:45pm
Guide: Andrew Mathers, Operations Managers, WindEEE
Presenter: Tobias Potyra, Manager of Operations, Fraunhofer
The highly anticipated (and now complete!) WindEEE Dome is ready for touring! The tour will be followed by a presentation on the current research happening at the neighboring Fraunhofer Project Centre.
The WindEEE Dome represents a technological breakthrough in the study of wind-related phenomena and has the capability of simulating high intensity winds - including tornados, downbursts, gust fronts or low-level nocturnal currents – that cannot be created in existing wind tunnels anywhere in the world. The WindEEE Dome will be used to understand the impact of storms on buildings and structures, wind turbines, forests and crops. It will also improve the positioning and design of wind farms and study pollutant and contaminant dispersal.
The Fraunhofer Project Centre is focused on researching and developing new technologies and materials to respond to the lightweight challenges facing the automotive, transportation, construction, defense and renewable energy sectors. The Fraunhofer Project Centre launched in 2012 as a long-term collaboration with the Fraunhofer Insititute in Pfinztal Germany, and has created a unique platform for the training of the next generation of engineers.
Departure Location: Alumni Hall
Please Note: Buses will be on campus and available to board starting 8:45am and 12:45pm. Please register in advance and be prepared to leave Western promptly at 9am or 1pm.