An Experimental Study on Impact Loads of the Sliding Snow from the Roof of the Large-Scale Membrane Structures

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Publication year 2000
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Title An Experimental Study on Impact Loads of the Sliding Snow from the Roof of the Large-Scale Membrane Structures
Author Tatsuya Kotake,Tsukasa Tomabechi
Summary RecentlyüEîmany large-scale membrane structures have been constructed in cold regions. When such large structures are constructedüEîthe impact load from lumps of snow and ice that fall from the roof and strike the structure below are major problems in designüEîin addition to the weight of the snowfall that piles up on the roof. In this studyüEîthe authors quantified impact loads through experimentation with the objective of establishing a method for evaluating the impact load from lumps of snow and ice as a design snow loadüEîin order to propose a technique for evaluating the impact load of lumps of snow and ice. As a resultüEîit is proved that lumps of snow and ice have unique impact characteristics.