Episode 21: Stowage bag load securing - Part 2

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Episode 21: Stowage bag load securing - Part 2

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Why is it that in most cases there are no problems, even though hardly anyone bothers to do the math?

This can be proven by calculations.

Provided that, as described in part 1, no technical errors are made.

Sigurd Ehringer - SeLogCon

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Episode 21: Stowage bag load securing - Part 2

As a basic principle, the securing force through the cushion must be at least as great as the force arising from the load, and the load must not move.

What do you think these barrel pallets would do with a roll angle of 37º?

They would naturally slip or tip. A rolling period of up to 2-3 times per minute is not unusual.

The roll angle 38º would correspond to the maximum acceleration of 0.8g transverse to the direction of travel.

Let's take as an example the classic block of five made of Euro pallets, as described in Part 1.

The load units weigh 900kg each and are 1.60m high. The side length of the two blocks is 2.40m each.

The question now is, how large must the dunnage cushion be so that the force from the load is compensated with 80% cushion area.

Calculate cushion area:

Side length:
2,40m x 0,8 = 1,92m

1,60m x 0,8 = 1,28m

Gap width:

The width of the gap between the loading units is calculated from the internal width of the container of 2.34m, minus the pallet dimensions of 1.20m + 0.80m, i.e. 0.34m.

The formula from the CTU code for the effective area of the cushion is:

In the formula, both the width (bDB) as well as the height (hDB) and the gap width (d) contain

To be able to determine the respective initial dimension, the elements of the formula must be rearranged.

From = (bDB - π - d/2) becomes (bDB + π - d/2) and from (hDB - π - d/2) becomes (hDB + π · d/2).

Staying with the example described, the manufacturing dimensions for the cushion are obtained from the following calculation:

Length/Width = (bDB + π · d/2) = 1,92m + 3,14 x 0,34/2) = 1,92m + 0,53m = 2,45m

dunnage bag height = (hDB + π · d/2) = 1,28m + 3,14 x 0,34/2) = 1,28m + 0,53m = 1,81m.

In the next step, the permissible load on the cushion must be compared with the force from the load. There must be at least equilibrium.

The CTU code specifies the following formula for pad loading:

FDB = A · 10 · g · PB - SF [kN], where PB is the allowable burst pressure of the cushion and SF is the safety factor of 0.75 for one-way dunnage bags.
The value for the bursting pressure must be requested from the supplier.

The value of PB = 0.55bar applies to a standard cushion with level 1 and is used representatively in my calculation

Using the values from the previous example, we get: FDB = 1,92 x 1,28 x 10 · 9,81m/s2 · 0,55 · 0,75 [kN] =67,77kN.

The force that this cushion can oppose a charge is therefore 6,777daN.

The next step is the calculation of the force, which results from the charge.

Here are the formulas from the CTU Code for a sliding/tipping load. However, it is particularly important to note that the weight is in tons and not as
is specified in kilograms as usual.

The values from the example used in the calculation result in the following:

FCargo = 2,7to x 9,81m/s2 x (0,8 – 0,3 x 0,75 x 0,2) [kN]
FCargo = 26,45 x (0,8 – 0,045) [kN]
FCargo = 26,45 x 0,755 = 19,97kN = 1.997daN

The securing force (6,777daN) resulting from the stowage cushion is therefore 3.3 times greater than the force (1,997daN) resulting from the cargo.

Conversely, this means that if the size of the cushion is selected so that the load is held flat, i.e. it cannot tip, slide or turn, the securing force of the cushion is generally always sufficient.

Your Sigurd Ehringer.

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