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Forrest Masters - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Forrest Masters

Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Forrest Masters studies tropical cyclone wind and wind-driven rain effects on the built environment as a wind engineer.


Forrest Masters is is a professor in the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment and currently serves as associate dean for Research and Facilities in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. He studies tropical cyclone wind and wind-driven rain effects on the built environment through field reconnaissance in landfalling hurricanes, destructive testing and wind tunnel modeling.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Wind Tunnel Modeling

Wind Engineering

Tropical Cyclones


Destructive Testing

Media Appearances (2)

Rise of the Superstorms

PBS International  online

NOVA takes you inside the 2017 superstorms and the cutting-edge research that will determine how well equipped we are to deal with hurricanes in the future.

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Terraformer wind tunnel takes hazards engineering research to a new level

National Science Foundation  online


With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Masters and a team at the University of Florida are developing a world-class facility with new technology to help engineers and scientists better understand the high wind storms that batter communities along U.S. coastlines.

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Articles (3)

Evaluation of the Surface Wind Field over Land in WRF Simulations of Hurricane Wilma (2005). Part II: Surface Winds, Inflow Angles, and Boundary Layer Profiles

Monthly Weather Review

David S. Nolan, et al.


This is the second of a two-part study that explores the capabilities of a mesoscale atmospheric model to reproduce the near-surface wind fields in hurricanes over land. This part explores how well these simulations can reproduce the winds at fixed points over land by making comparisons with observations from airports and research weather stations.

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Cyber-physical aerodynamic shape optimization of a tall building in a wind tunnel using an active fin system

Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics

Michael L. Whiteman, et al.


This study explores the use of a cyber-physical systems (CPS) framework for the design and optimization of the aerodynamics of a tall building through aeroelastic boundary layer wind tunnel (BLWT) testing. The framework is a fully-automated combination of traditional experimental wind tunnel testing with numerical optimization strategies to evaluate a wide range of candidate designs both accurately and quickly.

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Automated terrain generation for precise atmospheric boundary layer simulation in the wind tunnel

Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics

R.A. Catarelli, et al.


This study presents a two-stage framework to characterize boundary layer wind tunnel (BLWT) approach flows naturally developed over grid roughness for partial atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) simulation.

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Hurricane researcher follows storm fury in the lab and on the land