Can Shipping Containers Withstand High Winds?
Have you ever wondered if shipping containers withstand high winds? The answer is yes, but with limitations.
Have you heard of corten steel? In fact, shipping containers are made with corten steel. This type of steel is known for its strength, durability, practicality, aesthetically appealing, and corrosion resistance. Corten is capable of withstanding greater forces compared to galvanized steel. Even bridges are made from the same steel used to manufacture shipping containers. Consequently, shipping containers are often used as storm shelters. They can protect you from high winds and flying debris.
What are the wind speeds a shipping container can withstand? According to the standards of the rigidity test, a shipping container can endure high winds up to 180mph if anchored. Cutting into a container for modifications will impact the structural integrity thus affecting how high wind speeds it can handle. With that said, having contents loaded inside a container will help it withstand higher winds.
In essence, an anchored shipping container can withstand up to 180mph without budging. It would take a Category 5 hurricane or F3+ tornado to move a shipping container.
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