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Friday, January 12 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Overview of The National Environmental Simulation and Testing (NEST) Facility

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The infrastructure of the United States is composed of more than $4T in weather susceptible components.  The ability to create physics based weather phenomena to test the susceptibility of these components is limited in most cases to a single phenomenon and on a small scale.  Our project, the National Environmental Simulation and Testing (NEST) facility is to develop a capability where equipment manufacturers can bring their equipment for full-scale, multi-phenomena, repeatable, and replicable environmental testing.  A collocated feature of the NEST will be a Computational Collaboratory which will utilize sophisticated computer models to simulate and calibrate against, and extend the capabilities of physical experiments in the NEST.  In addition to product testing, our facility will support the State of Oklahoma, the region, and the mission of University of Oklahoma by providing economic development, furthering our leadership in Weather and Radar development, and an education and research capability.  The size of the facility creates a space where multiple tests with multiple weather phenomena can be accomplished simultaneously.  The range of industries being targeted for testing include aviation, power grid, packaging, transportation, construction, crop resilience, fire dynamics, and communications.  Rain, wind, hail, diurnal cycles, extreme temperature, altitude, high pressure, anechoic, acoustic, structural, and vibration testing capabilities will be included.  The size of the facility will provide the flexibility and reconfigurability to perform testing today, tomorrow, and for the next 50 years.


Robert Huck

Director of Engineering and Planning, NEST, Office of the Vice President for ResearchDirector of Applied Research and Unmanned Systems, Gallogly College of EngineeringAssociate Director for Operations, Center for Autonomous Sensing and Sampling Robert Huck previously served as the... Read More →

Friday January 12, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
OMU Regents Room 900 Asp Ave, Norman, OK 73019

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