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Hurricanes produce phenomena during the duration of the storm that are not particularly addressed in Standard Building Code Loading Combinations. One such phenomenon is the horizontally projected missiles due to high wind velocities generated by Hurricane weather systems. The data contained in the manuscript is an initial attempt to categorize what typical building systems in use throughout Florida, based on previous testing and testing performed in conjunction with this project, are able to withstand the instantaneous impact of a projected missile against the wall and roof system at different loading points. The projectile used in this testing was a 9lb and 15lb 2 by 4 timber wall stud of standard dimensions. This is beginning to be recognized as the testing standard throughout the country and State of Florida. In depth background information, details on the method of projection, definition of failure, and complete tables listing the results of the testing are included in the manuscript. It is important to understand that this is not an exhausted list by any means, and further testing of different wall system types, new technologies, and strengthened typical systems must happen to keep a current record of proven systems to be used in Residential and Commercial construction throughout the state of Florida.
Missile, Wind, Hurricane, Air Cannon, Missile Impact, Florida Building Code
Date of Defense
March 16, 2005.
A Thesis Submitted to the Department of Civil Engineering in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science.
Includes bibliographical references.
Nur Yazdani, Professor Directing Thesis; Lisa Spainhour, Committee Member; Makola Abdullah, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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