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Will the posts of rockfall barrier be damaged when it is hit directly by rock boulders?

Rockfall barrier is intended to absorb the energy of rockfall safety without the need of future regular maintenance. The net of rockfall barrier is best to be arranged like Olympic Rings with interlacing (called ringnet) and it has proved to be very effective in its energy absorption capacity.


The main function of post of rockfall barrier is to provide support to the net. Impacts to posts should not result in the collapse of the structure. In the event of directly impact of rocks with the posts, there is a break devise at the post’s base plate which is designed to allow the post from separating the base plate. In this way, it serves to protect the anchor of base plate from being damaged.

This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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