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 Post subject: Re: Lamppost falling
PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:21 am 
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Damaged lampposts along the Seafront at Cromer.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexandrabone/11278952605/sizes/l/

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 Post subject: Re: Lamppost falling
PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:23 am 
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:shock: The storm surge was more powerful that I thought! Though I did wonder if it had damaged any seafront lighting anywhere. It's just folded and snapped them off as if they were made of matchsticks....

Note that the first Windsor lantern still standing is half full of sea water from the surge.

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 Post subject: Re: Lamppost falling
PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:33 am 
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Cast iron is brittle, hence why they have snapped. In the 2nd image a steel column has folded, as have the railings.

Stand in a fast flowing stream or the sea with the water above your knees and you will have an idea of the force of water. Then triple that with a 6ft or higher storm surge, and multiply the force again several times over for the speed of the wave, no wonder they snapped.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:04 pm 
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There's also a lot of rocks that have been thrown onto the walkway too, the combined force of the sea, wind and the debris was clearly devastating.


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 Post subject: Re: Lamppost falling
PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 1:29 am 
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Whether its been mentioned before or not on here, here is a link showing a 'crash friendly' column:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TluTj_VZ7Ko

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 Post subject: Re: Lamppost falling
PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:37 pm 
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Its safe for the occupants of the car I suppose.  Perilous for anyone else who may be around at the time though.

Call me old fashioned but I think i prefer the idea of a column that stops a vehicle.


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 Post subject: Re: Lamppost falling
PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 2:01 pm 
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Just last week I saw two crash friendly aluminium columns that had been completely flattened by a HGV that had came off the road on the Washington Highway in Sunderland. I have also seen them felled when a car has collided with one whereas a steel column still has the potential to cause huge amounts of damage. On motorways and the like I totally agree with the use of them except where they are positioned directly infront or behind a steel barrier. I don't agree with the use of them on central reservations, traffic islands or bridges with roads beneath them as if they were to be hit the column could fall either onto the opposite carriageway or over a bridge onto the traffic beneath. But where apprporiate i would support the use of crash friendly equipment.  

I was reading an article a while back now about a study into the use of wood crash friendly columns by a Scandinavian Country.  If successful it would be nice to see that catch on over here and would certainly improve the street scene as nothing looks more nasty than a rusting steel column or a one with peeling paint and I have always found concrete quite an ugly material.


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 Post subject: Re: Lamppost falling
PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 2:42 pm 
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I wouldn't mind seeing a wooden column carved into the same shape as a 1950's finned version.

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I am very impressed that the Urbis Saturns and their columns on Aberystwyth seafront remained in good condition thoughout the storms and when waves were crashing over them and bricks were flying everywhere from the promenade being brought up. I think the worst that happened was that one of the brackets swung around about 45 degrees! It could have been a lot worse considering.

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Oops!
Watch: Coventry cyclist nearly crushed by falling lamp-post
http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/c ... ng-7056511


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