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It depends on the crane service.  Cranes and their supporting structures in
nuclear facilities are often designed to resist earthquakes.  In addition
to bracing and larger members, brackets are often required to keep crane
wheels on rails.  It is unlikely that a crane will be fully loaded during
an earthquake.  However, if the results of a failure are serious enough the
loaded crane and its support structure should be designed to resist
earthquake loads.

"Geoffrey G. Melchor" <melbec(--nospam--at)> on 10/01/98 12:20:01 AM

Please respond to seaint(--nospam--at)

To:   seaint(--nospam--at)
cc:    (bcc: Scott A Jensen/SAJ5/LMITCO/INEEL/US)
Subject:  Re: Cranes and earthquake loads

When earthquake strike while crane is working, can you stop the crane
immediately? If not then there is a load from the crane and at the same
time from the earthquake.

Geoffrey Melchor
W&K Engineers

Gudrun Olafsdottir wrote:
> Here goes my first question to the list:
> I have been asked whether a crane in a steel-frame building
> we have been designing needs to be designed for earthquake
> loads.  I can't find anything about cranes in our earthquake
> code so I was wondering what is done elsewhere and also if
> anyone has had any experience with this.
> Thanks in advance for any information!
> Gudrun Olafsdottir
> Hnit Consulting Engineers Ltd.
> Reykjavik, Iceland