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A further clarification:

I didn't mean to imply that I consider the *entire* netting or fence full of
debris.  Since most of the airborne debris is in the first 30 feet off the ground,
that's a good place to assume it will impact upon the netting, and I usually
assume, perhaps, 20% (a SWAG) of that area is covered by debris.

Sounds like our approaches are really pretty similar.


BVeit wrote:

> In a message dated 98-03-25 11:08:11 EST, you write:
> <<     I assume that the netting will be full of newspapers, leaves and other
> debris
>  during a wind storm and therefor the openings in the netting will be
> nonexistent.
>  And suction on the leeward side *will* be present. >>
> Lew, a clarification.  I do design for forces on the leeward side. So I add
> the pressure coefficients from the windward and the leeward (back) side.  But
> I don't design for perpendicular suction forces (such as might suck a roof
> off.)  I have observed these things in windstorms, and they don't fill up with
> trash -- that would be an awful lot of paper.  Unless they are landfill
> fences, which is a different story altogether.  The forces on a solid fence
> 100 feet high would be enormous.  I have never seen a range designed to this
> specification.