Wind Testing of Earthbag Wall « Earthbag Building Blog

Breaking news. This just in from Brandon Ross, P.E. whose team has just completed an earthbag wind test in Florida. Text is from his preliminary report. Final results are expected to be published in a few months.

“The University of Florida chapter of Engineers Without Borders has completed wind testing of an earthbag wall. The project was conducted in support of Barrels of Hope, a Gainesville, FL based NGO that provides development assistance in Haiti. Test results will guide Barrels of Hope as they work with Haitians building earthbag shelters.

The earthbag test wall was approximately 14 in. thick x 7.5 ft tall x 12 ft long. Bags were filled with a slightly moist sandy-silt. Each course was approximately 6.5 in. tall, and was compacted by a tamper. Two rows of barbed wire were placed between each course. The wall loading and restraints were designed to mimic conditions present in earthbag shelters. The center 8 ft of the wall was pressure loaded by the HAPLA. Two earthbags were placed on the top plate to simulate the dead load of the roof.

via Wind Testing of Earthbag Wall « Earthbag Building Blog.

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I Live in a 1977 Dodge Jamboree 2 with my wife and dog. I build and maintain web sites for a couple of internet companies.

3 Responses to Wind Testing of Earthbag Wall « Earthbag Building Blog

  1. Jaqlene Klum says:

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  3. Michael Willis says:

    Seth, the paper has been published!

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