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World Record 5MJ Rockfall Impact
Three years of research subjected to a few seconds of truth
The excitement was palpable at the Montagnole rockfall test site near Lyon, France on June 16.
The premise of thesis and the particularly slender rockfall protection bund using the Reinforced Earth® technique would either be shattered or withstand the test.
More than a dozen people stood and watched holding their breaths as the giant 12.4-tonne block was released from the crane at 41 m height with a clicking sound, then hit the structure a few seconds later, at no less than 103 km/h, resulting in an impact of 5.1 megajoules.
They saw all their hard work rewarded by a bund standing solidly; the big block – taller than an adult – now looking tiny in comparison, firmly embedded in the 15 m x 3 m x 6 m bund.
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Janine Wallage from CISWO thanked Reinforced Earth and Prof Styles for their generous donation and for sharing his knowledge of the industry.
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