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JASON BARROCAS KEVIN HERNANDEZ TANISHA RICHARD DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY - MIAMI, FLORIDA Enhanced Hurricane.

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1 JASON BARROCAS KEVIN HERNANDEZ TANISHA RICHARD DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY - MIAMI, FLORIDA Enhanced Hurricane Protection

2 Problem The purpose of this project is to design a retractable dome that could protect a home in the event of a hurricane The majority of damage is caused by the storm’s intense wind Hurricane shutters and impact glass protect only the windows

3 Project Goals Reduce rebuilding costs Protect human life Current advances in technology make it plausible to offer better protection The retractable roofs of stadiums offer a blueprint for retractable domes

4 Design Concepts A dome structure offers the best resistance to lift and drag forces Design Criteria: Ribbed Structure of Protective Dome Seven arched trusses Mesh material covering the frame Reduces wind speed by 60% Category 5 Hurricane – 155+ mph Reduces wind speed to a manageable level

5 Economic Feasibility Type Accordion Shutters Impact Glass Electric Roll Down Shutters MaterialsAl Wood, Glass Polyester Film Al Price Range$16-$20 / sq ft$30-$35 / sq ft$65-$75 / sq ft Est. Total Cost* $6, $11, $24, *Estimate was calculated using 350 sq ft of windows Estimated Cost for Enhanced Hurricane Protection  7 Trusses comprised of W16 X 26 I-Beams:$13,000  Goal for entire steel frame (trusses, pivots and joints):<$20,000  Goal for entire dome (parts and labor, fully installed):<$50,000

6 Conceptual Designs

7 Current Design Diameter: 70 ft Dome Height:35 ft Estimated Weight  7 Steel trusses:18,000 lb  Frame (trusses, pivots and joints):28,000 lb  Entire Dome (frame, mechanism and mesh):33,000 lb

8 Side Profile

9 Conclusion Objective is to achieve substantial hurricane protection Safer than products on the market now Prototype Testing  Budget:$2,000  Wind Testing  FEM Analysis  Structural Analysis Long term goals  Reduce cost of rebuilding  Future design accommodating apartments and townhouses

10 Thank You Any Questions?


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