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Hurricane Testing Apparatus

EAS Doors have been designed and tested to meet or exceed Florida Building Code and Miami-Dade County Code Requirements. The testing has been performed by an independent lab to ensure that our doors can withstand the highest levels of abuse.

The testing process involves 'firing' debris at the glass surface of the doors. The 'debris' includes a nine-pound two by four, and ball bearings. The test must also survive cyclic wind testing. The procedures are extensive, the facilities impressive, and the tests demanding. EAS Doors have passed these tests with flying colors!



Large Missile Impact Testing


EAS Doors have passed the "Large Missile Impact" test. This test involves a nine-pound two by four, that is launched from an air cannon at nearly 55 mph (75 ft/second). Companies seeking hurricane resistance qualifications are required to supply three test specimens, each of which must survive two impacts.

The first 'shot' of the two by four is fired directly into the center of the door. The second 'shot' is fired into the corner of the glass. To pass the test, the glass must withstand BOTH impacts, allowing no penetration of the two by four through the glass.EAS Doors met the high demands of these tests to obtain a Hurricane Rating.

Even after passing these test, the doors must still endure the Cyclic Wind Testing described below.

 

Small Missile Impact Testing

 



The "Small" test missiles are intended to represent roof gravel weighing two grams moving at 55 mph (80 ft/second). Once again, companies must supply three samples for testing.

The "Small Missile Impact Tests" require more impacts. In this series of testing 30 impacts are required on each product. This includes ten impacts in the center, ten along the edge, and ten near the corner. All three samples must survive the impacts without allowing any penetration of the 'debris'.

EAS Doors puts their product ahead of the crowd using new test procedures. Some "Small Missile Impact Tests" have been questioned for reliability. The debris materials used to represent "roof gravel" can be considered inconsistent in some circumstances. Products may pass with some types of rock and fail with other types. There have been variations observed in the gravel used as some is made of softer minerals or has a more forgiving shape. Newer ASTM standards use steel balls weighing exactly two grams in an effort to make the test standard more consistent and stringent.

EAS Doors have passed the newer ASTM standard using two gram ball bearings fired at our doors!

 

Cyclic Wind Pressure Loading


Even if a product can survive 'debris' impacts, this does not mean it can survive a hurricane's winds. Products must be subjected to further testing. Hurricane winds vary in intensity and impact during a storm. This places tremendous strain on materials. The "Cyclic Wind Test" is designed to replicate this process.

In this final phase of testing, product samples are subjected to cyclic pressure testing. This test seeks to simulate hurricane force wind loading at 9,000 wind cycles, where each cycle is a function of the maximum wind speed (converted to pressure) to which the product will be "rated."

 

BEI - 200 MPH Wind Testing


Building Envelope Innovations Testing and Verification Facility Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. This testing chamber places a 200 MPH wind load on the EAS In-Line Super Seal Sliding Glass Door. This wind load was maintained for 8 hours with no failures of any door component.

 

 

EAS Success
EAS Doors is proud to announce that our doors have met or exceeded all of the above tests.
We maintain certifications including ASTM, Miami-Dade County, and more!

Click the link below to learn more about our certifications, product features, and safety.

Click here to view our certifications



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