The strength’s in the ribbon…
How deep does a guardrail fence post need to go?
Most of us might imagine that the longer the posts are which hold up the fence, the better. Yes, but the effectiveness of extending the in-ground length of a used highway guardrail fence post only goes so far. Over the years, there’s been a decent amount of conversation about the proper length of a post used to hold up the guardrail barrier.
A guiding principalsof understanding the holding-back strength of used highway guardrail and/or its NEW counterpart – Livestock Steel Panel – comes from comprehending the ribbon strength of guardrail barrier. Yes, the in-ground depth of posts is a considerable factor. However, when looking at a guardrail installation, it is the entire system, featuring the used highway guardrail panel itself, that provides the ability of the installation to capture and/or redirect the impacting object.
The simple way to look at it: It’s the guardrail’s job to hold one panel to another panel. The posts simply hold the guardrail in the correct place. The entire system, all the posts and panel working together, does the holding back.
Remember playing Red Rover? When your side was stopping the runner, you’d feel the entire chain pulling on you. It is not so much the strength of one runner against the arms of the two kids at the point of impact. Rather, (if they all hold tight), the runner’s energy is absorbed by the entire line of kids. It’s the same way with guardrail panel used to contain livestock.
So, when we look at a guardrail panel installation, we don’t only look at the strength of one panel, but rather the strength of the entire ribbon.
Additionally, when this ribbon is strengthened by adding two, three or more ribbons of used highway guardrail to the same posts, as is done in most beef and dairy cattle applications, the strength of the installation is all the more significantly increased.
Its yet another reason that used highway guardrail is making waves. It combines incredible strength, tremendous durability and excellent affordability into one bulletproof system.
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