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Modeling a tsunami’s aftermath

Associate professor Clay Naito of civil and environmental engineering is studying the stress caused by debris upon buildings and other infrastructure during tsunamis, hurricanes and floods. Naito is conducting his research in Lehigh’s Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) Research Center, using shipping containers as models for the types of debris that could pose a threat. This work, inspired by recent natural disasters in New Orleans and Japan, has been covered by the Philadelphia Inquirer, among other venues.