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Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2016-78
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24 Mar 2016
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This discussion paper is a preprint. A revision of the manuscript is under review for the journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (NHESS).
Maintenance and risk management of rockfall protection net fences through numerical study of deteriorations
Andrea Luciani1, Monica Barbero2, Daniele Martinelli1, and Daniele Peila1 1Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Turin, 10129, Italy
2Department of Structural, Geotechnical and Building Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, 5 Turin, 10129, Italy
Abstract. Rockfall protection net fences are key protection systems in mountainous areas worldwide to ensure the safety of infrastructures, roads and urban areas against rockfall. Management of the maintenance of rockfall protection net fences is fundamental for public administrations in order to guarantee risk mitigation. This paper deals with the assessment of the installation problems and deterioration of rockfall protection net fences, using numerical modelling in order to evaluate the influence of these issues on their behaviour. A percentage of the residual efficiency is assessed as a useful tool for risk analysis and maintenance planning.

Citation: Luciani, A., Barbero, M., Martinelli, D., and Peila, D.: Maintenance and risk management of rockfall protection net fences through numerical study of deteriorations, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2016-78, in review, 2016.
Andrea Luciani et al.
Andrea Luciani et al.
Andrea Luciani et al.

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Maintenance of rockfall protection net fences is fundamental for public administrations in order to guarantee risk mitigation. In this paper the influence of deteriorations on the behaviour of this works is analysed using a numerical simulation of the impact of rocks on net fences with different damages. The residual efficiency of a deteriorated net fence is extimated and the resulting variation of the risk mitigation is evaluated. This appraisal allows owners to better plan maintenance works.
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