What Drives Us?

Ever since Cyclone Tracy devastated Darwin in 1974, the Cyclone Testing Station has brought together a team dedicated to minimising loss and suffering as a result of cyclones and other high wind events.

Established in 1977, the Cyclone Testing Station provides quality product testing and sound technical advice to governments, manufacturers, building industry professionals, insurers and property owners, as well as delivering first class academic research.

Led by our Director, CTS has a strong team at the forefront of engineering research into wind effects on structures.The Station is renowned in the wind engineering community for its focus on wind loads and the structural response of low-rise structures, such as housing and industrial buildings.

We do this to:

  • Assist in the development of effective building practices that lead to practical, durable and sustainable building outcomes;
  • Improve safety in high wind events including cyclones
  • Minimise loss and suffering as a result of severe wind events;
  • Mitigate risk and reduce costs resulting from wind damage.

We have a focus on addressing the more practical building issues in our research programs.

Some of these topics include fatigue failure of cladding, timber truss hold against high wind uplift, ribbon plate construction, diaphragm action of walls, roofs and ceilings and corrosion of roof fixings.

Our resources include the full scale house testing facility, a boundary layer wind tunnel, a dynamic loading airbox, two wind driven debris simulators (air cannons) and a structures laboratory.


The CTS has NATA accreditation for testing services. Please contact us for further details.

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