DOHA (Reuters) – 3D Printers in the World Cup? Scientists at Qatar University are testing 3D-printed models of football stadiums that Qatar is building for the 2022 World Cup to see if they can endure the Gulf state’s punishing desert climate.
Qatar has sought to allay concerns about its summer heat and moved the competition to the cooler month of November. It also announced details of five stadiums with built-in air conditioning.
But Qatar still experiences sand and dust storms in winter months. It also wants the stadiums to be used all year round beyond the 2022 tournament, Saud Ghani, a Qatar University engineering professor, said.
For this, the team from Europe and the Middle East are exploring how the stadiums can be adapted to handle sand storms and searing heat.
“We’re looking at aerodynamics, how changing the shape of the stadium affects the dust, heat and wind inside,” Ghani said.