OSU making waves with hurricane resilience test

Dan Cox, a professor of civil engineering at OSU, said they have been planning this experiment for months.

Posted: May 30, 2019 6:35 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State University researchers conducted mock wave experiments on Thursday, testing the level of destruction waves can cause to infrastructure.

Dan Cox, a professor of civil engineering, said they have been planning this experiment for months.

It was designed to measure how buildings would react should a tsunami or hurricane hit the coast. He said they aren't just looking at the destruction these mock natural disasters cause but also solutions.

"Some of the work that was done here in the past is helping us to come up with better design guidance, so if an engineer wants to build a structure within the inundation zone, we'll be able to design it so the building will stay in place," said Cox.

He said most of the buildings on the coast are prepared for tough weather conditions, but there is always room for improvement and that's where the research comes in.

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