Reliability-based design for steel drive-in racks under forklift truck impact

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Title Reliability-based design for steel drive-in racks under forklift truck impact
Author Zhang, Hao; Gilbert, Benoit; Rasmussen, Kim.J.R.
Publication Title Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering
Editor M.H. Faber, J. Köhler, K. Nishijima
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis Group
Abstract Steel drive-in racks are susceptible to structural failure due to accidental impact by operating forklift trucks. Under impact, the upright bends and the supported pallets may drop through the rack to cause structural collapse if the bay opening exceeds the pallet bearing width. This drop-through limit state has not been considered in the existing rack design standards. This paper proposes a simple equation to calculate the equivalent static impact force based on recent tests and finite element analysis of drive-in racks. An impact load factor is developed on the basis of a structural reliability assessment, taking into account the uncertain nature of the impact force, structural resistance and models used in structural analysis. In design practice, the bay opening is determined from factored impact loads, and is not to exceed specified limits.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
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ISBN 9780415669863
Conference name ICASP 11
Location Zurick, Switzerland
Date From 2011-08-01
Date To 2011-08-04
Date Accessioned 2011-10-03; 2012-02-17T05:06:15Z
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Structural Engineering
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1d

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