UA Researchers Demonstrate Debris Canon

University of Alabama students and faculty in the College of Engineering tested FEMA approved storm shelter wall panels using their custom-built debris canon on September 13, 2017.

This demonstration is part of an ongoing research endeavor to better understand the effect of wind-borne debris during severe weather events on structures. This data can be used to help build cheaper, more robust homes and businesses.

The Alabama Center for Insurance Information and Research (ACIIR) sponsored construction of the cannon and works closely with the engineering department to use the data across different fields.

The cannon fired an 8-ft long wooden 2×4 at 100 miles per hour for this demonstration, but the canon can be loaded with any debris that may be a projectile during a severe weather event.

ACIIR Executive Director Lars Powell is available to discuss the implications of the debris canon testing and its relation to ACIIR research endeavors.

View the story at The Tuscaloosa News or WBRC News.

View the photo gallery at The Tuscaloosa News.

Contact ACIIR at or (205) 348-4513.

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