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Thanks- your rinfo. below helps.


-----Original Message-----
> From: "Michael James, PE" <jamesm(--nospam--at)>
> Sent: Mar 22, 2013 2:50 PM
> To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
> Subject: RE: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] Fork Lift Loads
> Larry,
> For the concentrated loads I usually lookup the specifics on what I
> anticipate to be the approximate maximum size forklift that will be used. 
> I usually start with Hyster ( as their website lists quite 
> a bit of data on their various forklift models. Usually I'm looking for 
> max front axle load on a particular class of forklift and the wheel 
> spacing. To approximate the contact area you need to know (guess) the 
> type of tire being used (pneumatic, solid, cushion etc.). For pneumatics 
> I use the tire pressure to approximate the contact area, for the others I 
> try to conservatively select a "pseudo" tire pressure in the range of 
> 100-200psi and go from there. Sometimes it helps to find out the tire 
> width to keep it all in perspective. If you are going to be using some 
> form of heavy duty bar grating the width of your contact area is going to 
> determine the number of bearing bars sharing the concentrated load so 

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