Acceleration and Deflection Analysis for Class C Edge Protection Systems in Construction Work

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Title: Acceleration and Deflection Analysis for Class C Edge Protection Systems in Construction Work
Authors: Pomares Torres, Juan Carlos | Irles Más, Ramón | Segovia-Eulogio, Enrique-Gonzalo | Ferrer, Belén
Research Group/s: Grupo de Ensayo, Simulación y Modelización de Estructuras (GRESMES)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ingeniería Civil
Keywords: EN 13374-2013 | Edge protection system | Construction works | Safety nets | Construction materials and methods
Knowledge Area: Mecánica de Medios Continuos y Teoría de Estructuras
Issue Date: Aug-2014
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
Citation: Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. 2014, 140(8): 04014031. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000870
Abstract: The requirements for edge protection systems on most sloped work surfaces (class C, according to EN 13374-2013 code) in construction works are studied in this paper. Maximum deceleration suffered by a falling body and maximum deflection of the protection system were analyzed through finite-element models and confirmed through full-scale experiments. The aim of this work is to determine which value for deflection system entails a safe deceleration for the human body. This value is compared with the requirements given by the current version of EN 13374-2013. An additional series of experiments were done to determine the acceleration linked to minimum deflection required by code (200 mm) during the retention process. According to the obtained results, a modification of this value is recommended. Additionally, a simple design formula for this falling protection system is proposed as a quick tool for the initial steps of design.
Sponsor: B. Ferrer acknowledges the support of the Generalitat Valenciana through the project GV/2013/009 and the Spanish Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad through the project BIA2011-22704.
ISSN: 0733-9364 (Print) | 1943-7862 (Online)
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000870
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © ASCE
Peer Review: si
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