Debris Impact Facility
About the Debris Impact Facility
The Debris Impact Facility is intended to promote public safety and welfare and helps
prevent deaths and lower property losses incurred due to extreme weather events and
their effects. DIF performs debris impact tests
on storm shelters, shelter components and building materials in order to develop the safest, most impact-resistant materials to better protect individuals.
The heart of the Debris Impact Facility is a pneumatic cannon capable of producing simulated wind speeds over 250 mph. The cannon can launch different types of simulated wind-born debris in a controlled environment to provide valuable impact resistance data.
The cannon plays an important role in researching effective tornado shelters for use in homes and other structures. The cannon is used to develop standards for safe above ground shelters, and continues to be in demand for testing new shelter materials and constructions.
The NWI has also been selected for Popular Science’s “Most Awesome College Labs 2013" and as one of "PopSci's Most Awesome College Labs 2011".
General Shelter Information
- In-Residence Shelters
- Annual Disaster/Death Statistics for US Storms
- National Storm Shelter Association
- Learn how to be Storm Safe (free on-line course from the International Code Council)
- Construction Materials Threshold Testing Report
- Final NIST Report
- Mayflower Door Research Report
- CMU Brick Veneer Walls
- FEMA P-320 - Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business
- FEMA P-361 - Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes: Guidance for Community and Residential Safe Rooms, Third Edition (2015)
- ICC 500-2014: ICC/NSSA Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters
NWI'S Debris Impact Facility Gains International Accreditation From the American Association
for Laboratory Accreditation
Read More at: Texas Tech Today
Tested Shelters, Shelter Doors & Components
- Protocol 5 DOE
For Information on Debris Impact Testing:
For information on testing and the testing schedule, please contact:
Tammy Pitzer, DIF Office Manager at (806) 834-8604 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Larry Tanner, DIF Manager at (806) 834-2320 or email: email@example.com