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Advanced structural solutions for automated STEELrack supported WARehouses


Unipi Team Leader: Prof. Walter Salvatore - Dip. di Ingegneria civile e industriale


Automated Rack Supported Warehouses (ARSW) represent the future of storage technology, providing substantial savings in terms of cost, space and energy with respect to traditional warehouses. Currently, designers refer to building codes, without any control of their correct applicability to the specific typologies of these peculiar steel structures. This creates important safety and efficiency problems because ARSWs’ structural characteristics are considerably different from those of normal steel structures for buildings.

Basing on an accurate evaluation of safety level of the design concepts actually adopted in current practice (in the total absence of specific design codes), the main objective of the project is the definition of dedicated innovative design approaches for ARSWs under not seismic and seismic conditions. In particular, attention will be focused on loading conditions that characterize the ARSWs during its installation and service life and on ductile design under seismic loading. Based on such analysis specific design rules and recommendations will be carried out for erection and design of ARSWs.


Universita di Pisa (Italy)

Other participants

  • FINCON Consulting Italia S.r.l (Italy)
  • National Technical University of Athens NTUA (Greece)
  • Universiteit Hasselt (Belgium)
  • Noega Systems S.L. (Spain)
  • Modulblok S.p.A. (Italy)
  • SACMA S.p.A. (Italy)
  • NEDCON Magazijninrichting B.V. (Netherlands)
  • MECALUX, S.A. (Spain)
  • System Logistics S.p.A. (Italy)
  • Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)

Start date: 1/07/2017
End date: 30/06/2021
Duration: 48 months
Project cost:  2.455.459,80 euro
Project funding:  1.473.275,88 euro
Unipi quota:  194.406,93 euro
Call title: RFCS-2016
Unipi role: Coordinator

Ultima modifica: Lun 14 Gen 2019 - 09:33

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