Standard: TAS 201 – Impact Test Procedures

Scope: This protocol covers test procedures for conducting the hurricane impact test of materials and determining whether a particular product provides sufficient resistance to windborne debris.

Applicable Products: Wall cladding, glass block, exterior doors, garage doors, skylights, exterior windows, storm shutters, and any other external component which helps maintain the integrity of the building envelope that are intended for use in high velocity hurricane zones (HVHZ)

Test Procedure: The large missile is comprised of a piece of timber having nominal dimensions of 2 inches by 4 inches (51 mm by 102 m) weighing 9 pounds (4.1 kg), shot from an air cannon using compressed air, and impact the surface of each test specimen at a speed of 50 feet per second (15.2 m/s) or 80 feet per second (24.38 m/s). The small missile consists of solid steel balls each having a mass of 2 grams (0.07 oz) (+/-5 percent) with a 5/16-inch (7.9 mm) nominal diameter. Each missile impacts the surface of each test specimen at a speed of 130 feet per second (40 m/s). Specimen impact quantities and locations are defined in the Florida Building Code, Chapter 1626. After completion of the large or small missile impacts, each test specimen shall then be subjected to the cyclic pressure loading defined in Table 1626.

End Result: Verification that the product does or does not meet the performance criteria for hurricane impact. A comprehensive test report will be issued at the end of the conclusion of testing.

Intertek Testing Locations: West Palm Beach, FL; York, PA; Plano, TX; Lithia Springs, GA; Windham, NH, Farmingdale, NY; Kent, WA; Middleton, WI; Lake Forest, CA; Springdale, PA; Fridley, MN; Fresno, CA; Guangzhou, China; Shanghai, China; Mississauga, ON; Coquitlam, BC


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