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Our main interests/strengths lie on the protection against rockfall. The WSL runs a testing site in the old quarry Lochezen at Walenstadt in the canton St. Gallen. There, we realize the full-scale certification of flexible rockfall protection system. The hereby obtained data are additionally used to validate the developed simulation software for such barriers. The knowledge also allows the transfer of the load bearing principles to other loads, e.g. debris flows.
Additional experiments on rockfall
galleries are designed to study the efficiency of different cushion
layers and the interaction between the rock and the underlying concrete
we are developing a software module for rockfall trajectories using
above data. It is part of the WSL research project RAMMS.
Activities of the research unit members in the field of rockfall
Published posters in the field of rockfalls