Hurricane conditions were simulated at Melbourne Airport, Australia, recently, with air blasts from a Convair airliner's propeller.
Hurricane conditions were simulated at Melbourne Airport, Australia, recently, with air blasts from a Convair airliner's propeller. Surveyors and architects were testing the strength and resilience of a twenty-four feet high and eighteen feet wide glazed wall panel. Known as glazed-curtain wall, this type of wall construction required exhaustive tests to ensure strength and safety in all weathers.
It was the first time that such a test had been carried out in Australia, although it's a standard practice in the United States. Some officials were nearly blown over. Water was sprayed into the air stream to simulated storm conditions with a rainfall equivalent to eleven-and-a-half inches an hour. The maximum air speed was 100 miles per hour.
Though hard on the areas neither sound nor wind caused the windows to flinch. Surveyors and architects were well pleased with the results of this unusual test which will aid the construction of a new building in the city.