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 Shelter materials

We and the Australian Government jointly funded the testing of cyclone shelter building materials at James Cook University Cyclone Testing Station in 2009 and 2010.

The building materials shown to be capable of resisting cyclone conditions are outlined below.

​Building element ​Material types deemed to comply ​Material description James Cook University Cyclone Testing Shelter report​
Roof​ ​ ​Metal sheeting Custom Orb 0.48 BMT​ JCU-CTS Report No TS776 (PDF, 612KB)​
Stramit Longspan 0.48 BMT​ JCU-CTS Report No TS769 Revision A (PDF, 571KB)​
Walls​ ​ Reinforced concrete​ 150mm thick reinforced with N12 at 200 EW, F’c min 25MPa​
Reinforced blockwork​ 200 series cored filled (F’cg = 20Mpa) reinforced with N12 at 400 EW​
Windows​ ​ ​ ​ Debris resistant glazing​ G James 13.52mm thick laminated glass in aluminium frame​ JCU-CTS Report No TS783 (PDF, 525KB)​
Debris screens​ ​ ​ Locker High tensile steel woven wire​ JCU-CTS Report No TS772 (PDF, 535KB)​
Locker WK1225 expanded mesh​ JCU-CTS Report No TS771 (PDF, 605KB)​
Crimsafe in G James aluminum frame​ JCU-CTS Report No TS785 (PDF, 511KB)​
Louvers​ Metal louvers​ Austral Monsoon Maxi Flow Louver​ JCU-CTS Report—TBA
Doors​ ​ Solid personnel doors​ ​ Steelfinne 38mm steel reinforced ply door​ JCU-CTS Report TS775 (PDF, 664KB)​
Sealeck Ultraguard 37mm door​

The James Cook University Cyclone Testing Station provides further information on the cyclone shelter building material tests.

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For more information contact us on (07) 3224 5205 or

Last updated 06 July 2012    

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