Design and Analysis of Automated Rack Supported Warehouses
Silvia Caprili*, Francesco Morelli, Walter Salvatore, Agnese Natali
Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, University of Pisa, Largo Lucio Lazzarino 1, 56122 Pisa, Italy
The lack of codified standards for the design of automated rack supported warehouses forced engineers to use personal experience and commonly accepted rules.
This paper investigates the efficacy of applying Eurocodes’ rules for the design and analysis of automated rack supported warehouses. Structural performance, construction feasibility and economic effort are considered.
A typical case study building was designed following the two approaches proposed by Eurocodes: elastic and dissipative.
The satisfaction of the capacity design requirements, used for dissipative approach, was not always possible. Analyses showed the development of non-uniform collapse mechanisms and yielding patterns.
Specific design rules and analysis techniques shall be developed accounting for the structural performance of automated rack supported warehouses.
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