Episode 47

What if you could recreate a Great Plains hailstone in a laboratory? What could we learn from hurling dozens of these stones toward a building? Today’s guests hail from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety where a team of scientists is doing just that! This team, led by Dr. Tanya Brown-Giammanco and Dr. Ian Giammanco, is using 3D printers to replicate hailstones collected across the Plains and test how well structures can withstand an impact. Hail damage across the U.S. can total over $1 billion annually, and we’ll discuss how their research can be used to reduce costly property losses in the future.

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