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Full-scale testing of draped nets for rock fall protection

NCR Research Press
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  • Design
  • Engineering


The installation of draped meshes, metallic nets installed in such a way as to lie against the rock slope surface, is one of the most common ways to protect roads and infrastructure against the detachment of small rock elements in areas prone to rock fall. Despite their frequent and worldwide application, there are no universally recognized guidelines or technical standards to help engineers in their correct design, and no full-scale test results are available where the whole system, composed of several interacting structural components, is tested. In this paper, a full-scale test procedure, which is able to permit the evaluation of the global behaviour of a draped mesh, is described and the results of tests carried out on widely used meshes are presented and discussed

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