This racking consists of vertical steel columns, from
which span cantilever arms on either side. The columns are of boxed
construction to maximise resistance to twisting and bending when under load. It
is still important, however, to ensure that both sides of a cantilever racking
system are loaded or unloaded at the same rate to reduce the bending moment at
the bottom of the columns. The racks can be heavily loaded and can be up to 8m
The arms are loaded and unloaded by MHE and the sides of
the base of the system are not abrasive therefore do not damage the MHE’s
The racking can store anything that can span across at
least three cantilevered arms. It is also possible to install a platform across
the arms to carry shorter objects. If this is done, it is important to ensure
that the platform will be strong enough to resist the imposed loads.
When designing a slab
to support cantilever racking, the load imposed on the slab by the racking is
usually modelled as a line load.