Testing for Industry

The Station provides a service to the building industry as an authority for testing the effects of wind forces on buildings and building components.

A cyclone is the only natural disaster that you get asked to go home for. It is imperative that our houses are up to the task.

Why should you test your product?

  • To understand the capabilities of your product and improve performance.
  • Ensure efficient use of materials - saving you time and money!
  • Ensure product survivability under severe wind loads.
  • Test to Australian and International Standards.
  • Earn trust in market place.
  • Recognition gained through association with Cyclone Testing Station.
  • Our Report conclusions are in terms easily understood by designers, architects and builders.

Why choose CTS?

Testing for industry

We provide a comprehensive Test report that will provide you with the basis to further develop and accredit your product. Where standard test methods are not available the Station has developed its own techniques to accurately simulate the effects of wind pressures on structural elements. It has established itself as the leading independent testing authority in Australia for wind effects on buildings and components. Because of its high professional standards and integrity the Station has earned a position of confidence and trust within the R & D and marketing sections of many manufacturing companies. The CTS is a NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia) accredited testing laboratory in the field of mechanical testing and operates in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025. For a list of our accredited tests refer to the NATA website.

What do we test?

Testing for industry

The CTS has facilities for the structural evaluation of full scale houses through to roofing screws. The Station's philosophy is 'testing the system' and not an element in isolation. For example, in evaluating roof cladding the test involves at least two widths of cladding to incorporate a lap, the roofing screws, and the roof battens. The reason for this is the wind always finds the weakest link in the chain (load path).

Testing services and applicable standards

The testing services of the Cyclone Testing Station include, but are not limited to:

Testing for industry

  • Combined uplift and lateral loading of full scale house and light industrial building structures
  • Static and cyclic wind loading of roof cladding, panels and tiles, wall cladding and panels, windows, doors, garage doors, shutters, screens and structural components such as roof battens. Applicable testing standards: AS4040.2/3, Specification B1.2 in BCA (Low-High-Low test) and AS/NZS4504.2
  • Static and cyclic uplift loading of trusses/rafters and their joints/fasteners
  • Concentrated load testing of roof cladding and tiles (foot traffic requirements to testing standard AS4040.1)
  • Static and cyclic racking tests of masonry, timber framed, steel framed, pre-cast concrete and panel wall assemblies. Applicable testing standard: TR440
  • Static and cyclic uplift loading of masonry, timber framed, steel framed, pre-cast concrete and panel wall assemblies. Applicable testing standard: TR440
  • Wind driven debris impact tests (standard missile and small spheres tests) of wall cladding and panels, windows, doors, shutters and screens. Applicable standards: Clause 5.3.2 in AS1170.2, Design Guidelines for Australian Public Cyclone Shelters (2001) and Design Guidelines for Queensland Public Cyclone Shelters (2006)
  • Static and cyclic tension, withdrawal and shear loads of fasteners, joints and connections

For further information about testing requirements and technical details, see our Technical Notes and Guides below.

Technical Notes and Guides:

Technical Note 1 - General Requirements

Technical Note 2 - Wind Load Testing

Technical Note 3 - Concentrated Load Testing

Technical Note 4 - Windborne Debris Impact Testing

Draft Guide to LHL Cyclic Testing

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

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