Switzerland-based rockfall protection specialist Geobrugg has announced that will carry out testing in October which could set a new world record and beat its record set in 2010.
The company will drop a 25t fully instrumented concrete block from a height of 42m onto one of its rockfall protection systems in front of 400 industry experts in Switzerland next month.
The WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research will carry out the test, which involves rolling the block down a 300m long slope, at a disused quarry at Walenstadt on 16 October during Geobrugg’s Geo Summit event in Davos. The block is expected to reach speeds of up to 100km/h and the barrier will have to withstand an impact of 10,000KJ.
Geobrugg has said that while it hopes to break its world record, the test will also provide essential data for simulation software and development of a new generation of barriers.