Residential fenestration vulnerability to windborne debris

Laboy, Sylvia, Smith, Daniel, Fernandez, George, Masters, Forrest, and Gurley, Kurtis (2012) Residential fenestration vulnerability to windborne debris. In: [Presented at ATC & SEI Conference on Advances in Hurricane Engineering 2012: learning from our past] (1) pp. 328-336. From: ATC & SEI Conference on Advances in Hurricane Engineering 2012: learning from our past, 24-26 October 2012, Miami, FL, USA.

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This paper summarizes the methods and results of three experimental investigations regarding the vulnerability of residential windows and window protection systems to windborne debris impact. The first experimental investigation quantified the momentum threshold required to damage unprotected residential window glazing due to the impact of asphalt roof shingles and wooden dowels (vegetation). The second experimental investigation documented the performance of metal shutters due to the impact of whole concrete roof tiles and 2 x 4 lumber. The third experimental investigation addressed the frangibility of roof tile systems under impact by roof tiles, and the puncture vulnerability of metal hurricane shutters under impact by roof tile fragments. These studies confirm that the use of window protection to mitigate damage from windborne debris is effective. However, properly installed and code approved protection systems are vulnerable to failure in strong hurricane conditions.

Item ID: 45848
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-7844-1262-6
Keywords: residential buildings, debris, wind forces, windows, hurricanes, cyclones
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[Conference abstract:] Sponsored by Applied Technology Council; Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE [...] When Hurricane Andrew wreaked havoc on South Florida and Louisiana 20 years ago, the engineering community learned a great deal about how powerful storms affect the built environment. These papers demonstrate the application of lessons learned to reduce losses from subsequent hurricanes and to make communities more resilient to natural hazards.

Funders: Florida Building Commission (FBC)
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2016 02:07
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