Reinforced drapery meshes, both secured and pinned, constitute a compelling solution for rockfall risk mitigation on rock slopes facing structures and infrastructures. They consist of steel wire mesh panels combined with a systematic anchoring pattern. In secured drapery systems, the anchors are connected to each other and to the net through ropes. The system prevents both global instability of the surficial part of the slope thanks to the anchors and local instability by confining small detached fragments in delimited mesh sections. The mesh is generally designed with mechanical resistance derived from the puncturing force–displacement behavior observed during a standardized laboratory test. Despite the fact that a codified design method has not yet been defined, the mesh is generally verified without considering the presence of the ropes. In the present work, an enhanced design method is introduced that accounts for retaining ropes, with the aim of achieving a confining effect similar to the constraints adopted in laboratory tests. In addition, the rope pattern enables the consideration of portions of mesh smaller than pinned drapery systems. In the proposed method, rope elongation is limited such that failure of the mesh near the anchor plate is prevented. The proposed design assessment reveals that the presence of ropes provides possible cost reductions in the choice of the mesh type.
Reinforced Drapery Meshes: A Design Method Accounting for Retaining Ropes Contribution / Marchelli, Maddalena; Giacchetti, Giorgio. - In: APPLIED SCIENCES. - ISSN 2076-3417. - 11:23(2021), p. 11176. [10.3390/app112311176]
|Titolo:||Reinforced Drapery Meshes: A Design Method Accounting for Retaining Ropes Contribution|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2021|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/app112311176|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|