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Specifying Products under BS EN 124

Municipal castings

Specifying Products under BS EN 124

 
The BS EN 124 standard provides a general guide to product stability and sets out test load parameters for the various classes of products in terms of static load tests.
 
However, it provides little specific information on dynamic loads imposed by the wide variety of traffic conditions found on modern road systems.
 
Product selection in most cases is a simple matter, but long association with the specifiers has convinced us that there are certain conditions which dictate a little extra care in making a selection. The diagram illustrate vulnerable spots where products may be subjected to extreme loading.
 
With BS EN 124 offering little or no guidance on selection of products under dynamic loads, PAM has developed a portfolio of products which, when complemented with the selection guidance software, enables the specification engineer to make the right choice with confidence.

Interactive technical advisory service

As the UK's leading manufacturer of access covers and gratings, PAM offers specifiers, users, contractors and merchants a comprehensive technical advisory service.
 
This service is provided free of charge by a team of highly qualified professionals who are fully trained to advise on PAM's full range of products. This can include telephone assistance, written technical guidance, specifications and site visits to advise on use and installation as required.
 
Telephone: +44(0)1664 814014
Fax: +44(0)1664 814025
 
In each of the circumstances outlined here after, a product of high specification should be considered. For further advice, please consult PAM's Technical Services department.
 
Dual Carriage WaysRoundaboutsHard ShouldersTraffic LightsBus RoutesTraffic CalmingNarrow Lanes
Speed of traffic increases the impact loading on castings and decelaration areas at roundabouts can be particularly aggressive.Turning vehicles encourage movement between cover/grate and frame and can increase wear. Gully grates are particularly vulnerable at clipping points.Changes in traffic flow, necessary to accommodate maintenance work or emergencies, can result in units being required to accept loadings and conditions for which they may not have been intended.Acceleration, deceleration and turning all increase the stress on ironwork.The pulling into the kerb or lay-by and braking of buses result in gratings being required to accept loadings not experienced through normal traffic.The installation of traffic islands and narrowing of roads to slow traffic will increase the vulnerability of gully grates to clipping.Width restriction of traffic can lead to road castings being heavily trafficked, particularly on bend clipping points. Gully grates are particularly vulnerable.