The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 90 (2012) > Issues > Issue 4 > Technical Guidance Note (Level 1, No. 7): Barrier and vehicle loading
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Technical Guidance Note (Level 1, No. 7): Barrier and vehicle loading

This Technical Guidance Note concerns lateral loads that are applied to barriers and wheel axle loads from vehicles. Barrier loading is dealt with slightly differently to other forms of imposed loading. The nature of the loading can vary from people leaning against barriers to vehicles colliding with them at speed. Axle loading from vehicles has to be treated somewhat differently to other forms of imposed loading. While it is possible to assume a blanket area load to represent them, it is the point load from each wheel that needs closer attention.

Author(s): The Institution of Structural Engineers