Texas Tech University

Engineering Professor Receives Grant to Further Tornado Research

By: Amanda Bowman 

Delong ZuoDelong Zuo, an associate professor in Texas Tech University's Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering in the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, received a $243,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to assess tornado loading on low-rise buildings.

“This is a collaborative research proposal between Texas Tech and the University of Arkansas,” Zuo said. “What we are trying to do is use both an experimental approach and a numerical approach to study tornado loading on buildings. Texas Tech is primarily doing the experimental study using our VorTECHtornado simulator, and the University of Arkansas is doing the numerical study on a computer model. Our plan is to first validate the capability of the numerical, computer model to simulate the tornado itself. Then, we want to test some shapes and building models in our tornado simulator."