March 26, 2014

Engineers Recreate Tsunami Debris Impacts to Measure Their Force

In a tsunami, devastation is created by far more than the wave itself. Debris that hits homes and other structures plays a huge role in a tsunami’s destructive power. But until now, engineers could only estimate the forces at work when debris, such as a floating telephone pole, hits a house.

With support from the National Science Foundation, engineers from across the country have teamed up to design and carry out a series of large-scale tests aimed at better understanding exactly what happens when debris strikes. The research project is essentially looking at the types of debris that would be in a typical tsunami environment and what forces are being generated from them.

Credit: NSF

[ Read the Article: Simulations To Study Destructive Impact Of Tsunami Debris ]

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