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Tarek -

My understanding is that it must be applied once at any point
along the *entire* rail.  So, if you have a 20'-0" rail length,
move the load along the length (and change its directionality)
such that it generates maximum demand in *each* element.
I find the easiest way to do this is to construct influence
lines for the pertinent quantities for a given railing.

I believe that the code only expects you to apply *one* 200lbf
point load to the railing, not one point load per given length
(e.g. 5'-0").  I guess they figure only one person falls against
any part of the the rail at any given time.


Charles Hamilton, PhD EIT               Faculty Fellow
Department of Civil and                 Phone: 949.824.3752
    Environmental Engineering           FAX:   949.824.2117
University of California, Irvine        Email: chamilto(--nospam--at)

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