HR Wallingford tests a huge range of flood products, such as flood barriers, windows and doors, but all of them are designed to be submerged. So, using our knowledge of flooding, engineering and hydraulics, we have come up with a unique programme for the house that includes wave, wind and impact testing.
Dr Ian Chandler, a senior engineer at HR Wallingford, said: “It is likely that many more flood avoidance products will come on line in the coming years. It’s crucial that these innovative new products are safe and we hope that the tests we’ve developed for the Hadley FloodSAFE™ House will open the door for a standardised testing programme in the future.”
Installing the structure in lab also presented some interesting challenges. It is the tallest structure ever in our wave basins, meaning it took around two weeks to set up.