Rockfall protection specialist Geobrugg set a new world record yesterday by conducting a live test of one of its products with an impact energy of 10,000kJ.
In front of an audience of more than 400 people, Geobrugg dropped a 25t concrete block from a height of 42m onto a 30m long, 7m wide rockfall protection net in a quarry in Switzerland.
The net used is a new product – the RXE-10000 – which will go into production in spring next year. Geobrugg has said that the new product has been developed in response to customer and climate change demand.
The previous record for energy retention was 8,000kJ, which was set by Geobrugg in 2011.