impLOADis

The project "Spatiotemporal Distribution and Structural impact LOading due to Artificial Debris Objects in Violent Flows (impLOADis)" encompasses experimental and numerical work on flow-structure interaction at University of Ottawa, Canada and Leibniz University Hannover, Germany. It is researched how artificial debris such as cars, containers, or pieces from destructed buildings can be parametrized and how it spatiotemporally distributes in violent flows as appearing during dam breaks, flash floods, storm surges or tsunamis. Innovative radio-frequency based and inertial measurement technique are applied for object tracking. Impact loading to buildings and infrastructure from multiple artificial debris are assessed which eventually leads to design guideline improvements and aims to contribute to European and international resilience and safety against natural disasters.

Fig. Debris-laden wave front on Sendai plain Fig. Puzzled shipping containers after 2011 Japanese tsunami