Skip to page content
USDA Forest Service
  
Treesearch

Research & Development Treesearch

 
Treesearch Home
About Treesearch
Contact Us
Research & Development
Forest Products Lab
International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Northern
Pacific Northwest
Pacific Southwest
Rocky Mountain
Southern Research Station
Help
 

Science.gov - We Participate


USA.gov  Government Made Easy


Global Forest Information Service

US Forest Service
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C.
20090-6090

(202) 205-8333

You are here: Home / Search / Publication Information
Bookmark and Share

Publication Information

View PDF (1.0 MB byte)

Title: Residential Tornado Safe Rooms from Commodity Wood Products: Wall Development and Impact Testing

Author: Falk, Robert H.; Bridwell, James J. J.; Hermanson, John C.;

Date: 2015

Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Research Paper, FPL-RP-681, 2015; 20 p.

Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)

Description: In the United States, tornadoes cause significant damage and result in many injuries and deaths. Although the development and use of tornado safe rooms and shelters have helped reduce the human toll associated with these events, the cost of these structures is often too high for many that could benefit from their use. The development of a residential tornado safe room constructed from commodity wood building products, buildable by a local contractor or do-it-yourselfer, and adaptable to existing homes could lower the cost of these structures and result in more widespread use. In this study, impact tests were performed on a series of 8-ft by 8-ft wood wall sections according to the standard test criteria of ICC-500. Results indicate that a nailed and glued wall section constructed of three layers of 2 × 8 lumber and sheathed with 23/32-in. CDX plywood can consistently pass the impact test. Included in the test results are the effects of wall construction, sheathing and lumber type, and added adhesive on impact performance.

Keywords: tornado, tornado shelter, wood, impact testing, walls

Publication Notes:

  • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.

XML: View XML

Citation:


Falk, Robert H.; Bridwell, James J.; Hermanson, John C. 2015. Residential tornado safe rooms from commodity wood products: Wall development and impact testing. USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Research Paper. Madison, WI. FPL-RP-681. 20 pp.

 


 [ Get Acrobat ]  Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility

USDA logo which links to the department's national site. Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site.