A leader in wind science research for more than four decades, Texas Tech is committed to educating and innovating for future generations.
The weather in West Texas is ever changing, but one thing is constant–the wind will blow. The average wind speed near Lubbock is around 12 mph with gusts typically as high as 70 mph in a given year. While Mother Nature can easily blow in a powerful thunderstorm one day and a mile-wide billowing cloud of dust the next, she is also providing the perfect research laboratory for scientists at Texas Tech University.
For more than four decades Texas Tech scientists have studied the impact of wind on structures with a goal of saving lives and reducing storm damage. Now, expanding on that internationally recognized work, researchers are looking at the impact of wind on wind power turbines, aiming to make wind farms more efficient and more productive.
Watch a time-lapse video from Sandia National Labs of the building of the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility at Texas Tech. Watch
Brian Ancell’s NSF research may discover how people influence weather.
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Sibling researchers team up in the laboratory and prepare to see where their interests in food science lead as their undergraduate years wind down.
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