Repetitive Rockfall Trajectory Testing
AbstractNumerical simulations of rockfall trajectories are a standard procedure for evaluating rockfall hazards. For these simulations, corresponding software codes must be calibrated and evaluated based on field data. This study addresses methods of repeatable rockfall tests, and investigates whether it is possible to produce traceable and statistically analysable data. A testing series is described extensively covering how to conduct rockfall experiments and how certain elements of rockfall trajectories can be measured. The tests use acceleration and rotation sensors inside test blocks, a system to determine block positions over time, surveying measurements, and video recordings. All systems are evaluated regarding their usability in the field and for analyses. The highly detailed description of testing methods is the basis for sound understanding and reproducibility of the tests. This article serves as a reference for future publications and other rockfall field tests, both as a guide and as a basis for comparisons. First analyses deliver information on runout with a shadow angle ranging between 21 and 45 degrees for a slope consisting of homogeneous soft soil. A digital elevation model of the test site as well as point clouds of the used test blocks are part of this publication. View Full-Text
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Volkwein, A.; Brügger, L.; Gees, F.; Gerber, W.; Krummenacher, B.; Kummer, P.; Lardon, J.; Sutter, T. Repetitive Rockfall Trajectory Testing. Geosciences 2018, 8, 88.
Volkwein A, Brügger L, Gees F, Gerber W, Krummenacher B, Kummer P, Lardon J, Sutter T. Repetitive Rockfall Trajectory Testing. Geosciences. 2018; 8(3):88.Chicago/Turabian Style
Volkwein, Axel; Brügger, Lucas; Gees, Fabio; Gerber, Werner; Krummenacher, Barbara; Kummer, Peter; Lardon, Jessica; Sutter, Tobias. 2018. "Repetitive Rockfall Trajectory Testing." Geosciences 8, no. 3: 88.