Sherpa Design's largest physical project: absorbing wall

Rohde & Schwarz contacted Sherpa Design to enlist our design support to create a wall structure that was 60 feet long and 20 feet high. The structure needed to withstand the harsh weather conditions of a coastal environment while being a temporary structure that can be moved as needed and stored in a shipping container when not in use. The fully assembled wall structure is the largest physical project that Sherpa Design has ever completed.

The design solution involved eight individual wall sections that could be assembled side by side to create the needed wall size but still be storable in four shipping containers. The assembly process is powered by a separate hydraulic power system designed specifically for use with this wall system and centralized to reduce the cost of the overall system.

Sherpa Design oversaw the project from preliminary design stage through finite element analysis and full wall fabrication. The completion of the project involved packing the full wall system into four shipping containers that were loaded onto trucks here in Portland.

For an FEA analysis of the same structure, please visit our affiliate’s website for a CFD case study. It determined the stresses and deflections in the movable deflection wall under operational and extreme wind loading conditions.

 

 


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