UA students use debris cannons to test storm shelter wall panels

By Alana Norris

University of Alabama students and faculty broke out some big guns to test FEMA approved storm shelter wall panels. They fired 2x4s from a debris cannons to study the stability of the panels to withstand storm debris impact. “If we can come up with a cheaper way to construct these, a combination that makes them more quickly constructed and perhaps yields better behavior,” said Michael Kreger with the University of Alabama. Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham) WAFF 48 (Huntsville)WAFF-NBC (Huntsville) WVUA (Tuscaloosa)CBS 42 (Birmingham)Tuscaloosa News

In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s College of Engineering has more than 5,800 students and more than 150 faculty. In recent years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater, Hollings, Portz, Boren, Mitchell and Truman scholars.

Author: Alana Norris    /    Posted on: September 14, 2017    /    Posted in:   Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Faculty and Staff, In The News, Research, Students    /    Features: