Hailstorm Demonstration (2013)

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IBHS made history on February 20, 2013, demonstrating innovative leadership in building science and property damage prevention, by conducting the first-ever full-scale hailstorm in an indoor, controlled laboratory setting. From making the hailstones to building the delivery system for the hailstones, IBHS engineers have been working since 2010 to develop a test demonstration protocol and customized equipment that will lead to an enhanced understanding of the real-world effects of hailstorms.

 

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From Concept to Reality: The First-Ever Indoor Hailstorm

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Videos

IBHS Hailstorm from Concept to Reality

Hailstorm Demonstration Highlights

 

In the News

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WLTX – Columbia, South Carolina

 

Pre-Test Videos

 

 

 

Photos

Test Photos

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Hail surrounds patio furniture at the IBHS Research Center.

 

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Hail on test specimen’s roof after the demonstration.

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Julie Rochman, IBHS president & CEO, holds a couple of hailstones after the demonstration.

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Julie Rochman, IBHS president & CEO, talks with the media after the demonstration.

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Dr. Tanya Brown, IBHS research engineer, marks hail damage after the demonstration.

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Dr. Anne Cope, IBHS vice president of research, loads a hail cannon during the hail demonstration at the IBHS Research Center.

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IBHS employees load hailstones into cannons during the demonstration.

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IBHS employees load hail cannons during the demonstration at the IBHS Research Center.

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No, not the real hailstorm demonstration test specimen, but this cake is close to the real thing.

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A view of the crowd surrounding the test specimen after the demonstration was complete.

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Hail in the gutter after the demonstration was complete.

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Doug Dewey, research administrator at the State Farm Building Technology Research Technology Research and Innovation Laboratory, loads a hail cannon.

 

Pre-Test Photos

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All in the Name of Science

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A storm is shown brewing near Cairo, Nebraska during IBHS hail field studies.

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A hailstone collected in Kingfisher, OK measures at nearly 3 inches.

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Chuck Miccolis, IBHS commercial lines engineer, measures hail damage on a roof in Dallas, TX.

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Dr. Tanya Brown, IBHS research engineer, measures hail in Eads, Colorado.

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Hank Pogorzelski. IBHS applied statistician, takes photos of hail during field studies.

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Dr. Ian Giammanco, IBHS research scientist, works on his computer during IBHS field studies.

 

Creating Mother Nature’s Million Dollar Babies

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Hailstones sitting in a freezer at the IBHS Research Center.

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The hardness of a hailstone is tested at the IBHS Research Center.

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Hailstones created at the IBHS Research Center are shown.

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IBHS research engineers shape hail at the IBHS Research Center.

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Hail is measured at the IBHS Research Center.

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Dr. Tanya Brown, IBHS research scientist, measures hail at the IBHS Research Center.

 

Terminal Velocity

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Developing a cannon’s loading mechanism.

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A hail cannon being tested at the IBHS Research Center.

Early tests of a hail cannon at the IBHS Research Center.

Early tests of a hail cannon at the IBHS Research Center.

A hail cannon mounted on the catwalk at the IBHS Research Center.

A hail cannon mounted on the catwalk at the IBHS Research Center.

Dr. Ian Giammanco, IBHS research scientist, works on a hail cannon.

Dr. Ian Giammanco, IBHS research scientist, works on a hail cannon.

Hail cannons are shown being installed on the catwalk at the IBHS Research Center.

Hail cannons are shown being installed on the catwalk at the IBHS Research Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hail Facts

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IBHS Hail Resources

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About the IBHS Research Center

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) Research Center is a unique, state-of-the-art, multi-risk applied research and training in Chester County, South Carolina. This facility is a tangible, very public demonstration of the property insurance industry’s deep commitment to reducing and preventing losses that disrupt the lives of millions of home and business owners each year. The scientific research conducted here will influence residential and commercial structural design and construction for decades to come, and will significantly advance building science by enabling researchers to more fully and accurately evaluate various residential and commercial construction materials and systems.

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