Facade Impacts

Impact by flying debris in windstorms conditions has been a major contributor to damage to aluminium and other types of building facades. The damage so caused to cladding panels was mainly controlled by the amount of force that was developed at the point of contact between the debris object and the surface of the target. However, no codified design guidelines are currently available to quantify the required impact resistance of an aluminium panel for given storm scenarios. Current analytical expressions derived for analysing impact actions as reported in the literature are mostly based on the use of energy principles. Our group has developed an analytical expression to estimate the severity of damage to the surface of a cladding panels.