The Debris Impact Facility is intended to promote safety and the welfare of the public and to minimize public and private losses due to weather hazards and the effects thereof. The Debris Impact Facility performs debris impact test on storms shelters, shelter components, and building materials to evaluate their ability to resist various types of projectiles propelled at different speeds
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".Watch a video demonstrating the debris impact cannon in action.This video is an impressive, slow-motion,actual impact of a sample debris cannon missile.
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